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What is the difference between counselling psychology and clinical psychology?

Counselling Psychologists

  • Specialise in the provision of psychological therapy.
  • Provide psychological assessment and psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and groups.
  • Use a variety of evidence-based therapeutic strategies and have particular expertise in tailoring these to meet the specific and varying needs of clients.
  • Pay particular attention to the meanings, beliefs, contexts and processes that affect psychological health, allowing them to create collaborative, therapist-client relationships where the focus is on building psychological strengths and wellbeing as well as resolution of difficulties and disorders.
  • Teach clients to think in new ways, manage difficult emotional experiences more effectively, and practise different ways of behaving.
  • Work in private practice, government and non-government organisations, hospitals and educational institutions.

Clinical Psychologists

  • Specialise in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems and mental illness.
  • Are located in private practice, hospitals, universities, general medical practices, community health centres and mental health services.
  • Work with infants, children, adolescents, adults and older adults
  • Are involved in designing and implementing a wide range of prevention and mental health promotion programs.
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