Is there a difference between a Counselling Psychologist and a Counsellor?

Is there a difference between a Counselling Psychologist and a Counsellor?

While there are overlaps between counselling psychology and counselling, there are important differences. These can make a difference for those looking to become counsellors or counselling psychologists. They also make a difference in who clients choose to see, depending on issues they need to deal with.

Counsellors tend to deal with the immediate emotional and mental concerns of their clients. These can be anything from:

  • Work stress and anxiety
  • A strained personal or professional relationship
  • The loss of a loved one
  • Losing a job
  • Difficulties going through a break-up

Counsellors work with the client to create tools to help them deal with their current problems, or contributing habits. This is typically a short-term process and can be done across half a dozen session over the span of 6 months or so.

A counselling psychologist deals with similar issues, but they utilise a background in psychology to understand people’s behaviour and thought processes. Along with dealing with immediate emotional and mental concerns of clients, counselling psychologists can also deal with more serious cases such as:

  • Sexual assault and abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Major life transitions

Importantly, Counselling Psychologists perform scientific enquiry and research into psychology, and human behaviour, as well as develop ways to help people improve their situation. They are also able to develop and administer psychometric tests and assessments to measure people’s interests, personality, motivation, and values.

Through their research and study, Counselling psychologists are able to establish patterns, and discover and develop various therapeutic techniques and targeted interventions to help people better cope with their concerns.

Counselling Psychology and Counselling are both focused on helping people overcome their concerns and issues to achieve mental and emotional well-being.

Join us at College of Allied Educators to learn more about the different counselling psychology courses available and what they mean for you.

Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology (PGDICP) is a counselling psychology course accredited by the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC). The part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology programme focuses on developing and enhancing experiential knowledge and skills through a holistic approach. Some of the subjects covered include Counselling Children, Addiction Intervention, Crisis Intervention, and Family Therapy.  

Advanced Diploma in Counselling Psychology (ADICP) trains students to apply appropriate counselling skills in different situations while understanding their underlying theories. The ADICP programme introduces students to the nature of psychology and relates it to the theories and concepts of counselling. Students move on to explore themselves in order to promote personal growth and self-awareness, acquiring the key attributes of a competent counsellor and the proper methods of applying those skills.

Diploma in Counselling Psychology (DCPSY) is a counselling course covering a range of conceptual and functional skills in counselling. It trains students to apply appropriate counselling psychology skills in different situations, and equips students with the ability to work effectively as a counsellor.


CALL US at 6533-0031 EMAIL your enquiry to ENQUIRY@ICAE.EDU.SG

or Register for your free preview below: