Skills and abilities: Able to build trust and gain confidence. Empathic, non-judgemental, able to see how own opinions can impact others. Excellent listening skills, and appreciation of confidentiality.
What you’ll be doing: You could decide to work with groups or individuals, and in various specialisations, such as career counselling, school or college counselling, and marriage counselling. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:
- Building a trusting, respectful rapport with the client
- Agreeing a confidential contract, agreeing topics to be covered
- Encouraging open discussion of issues, and listening to concerns
- Understanding concerns, empathising, yet challenging when necessary
- Helping clients towards a deeper understanding, and to make decisions going forward
- Liaising as necessary with other departments or sources of help
- Working to agreed targets as per contracts, and keeping appropriate records
Career progression: Many counsellors maintain a similar professional level, however management opportunities exist with a more strategic role. You may decide to work as a school or college counsellor, or specialise in an area such as couple’s counselling. With experience, and professional contacts, you may choose to work as a self-employed practitioner.
BSc (Hons) Psychology (BPS)
The BSc (Hons) Psychology (BPS) is an undergraduate programme that explores the science behind how the mind works, and the reasons why people behave the way they do.