The Med Shed

Counselling Psychologist

THE WORKING DAY

This morning, you’re working at a GP surgery, providing therapy sessions for patients with emotional and psychological problems.

You begin at 9am, talking with a middle-aged woman who’s suffered a bereavement and, consequently, developed a minor phobia of confined spaces. You encourage her to discuss her emotional state, suggesting possible behaviours she could practice to manage her distress and potentially overcome her phobia. She leaves feeling happier and more able to cope with life and you’re pleased to be meeting with her again soon to monitor her progress.

You see more patients until you finish at 5pm. You find your work very rewarding and well-paid, with many opportunities for career advance and development.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You’re tolerant, patient and have excellent communication skills. You easily empathise with people’s problems and concerns and would like a career helping others.

WHAT'S NEXT?

After gaining a minimum of five 9-4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE (or the equivalent), you’ll need to apply for at least two A-Levels — psychology can be useful but is not essential.

You’ll need at least two A-Levels (or the equivalent) — psychology can be useful but is not essential — and ready to apply for a BPS-accredited degree course in psychology. After your degree, you’ll need to go onto further postgraduate study in counselling psychology.