1.1 COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGIST V’S CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Even to those in studying Psychology the differences between a Clinical Psychologist and a Counselling Psychologist causes some confusion. When seeking the assistance of a mental health professional, it helps to understand their training and experience. This knowledge allows you to make better decisions based on your individual needs. So here’s the breakdown! The daily activities of clinical and counseling psychologists are highly similar. Both are highly qualified in their field as all need at minimum a Masters degree in order to practice. They devote the bulk of their day to psychotherapy, teaching, research, and supervision (Mayne et al., 2000). However, there are a few robust differences.
According to the governing/professional body of the occupation in this country, the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), a Clinical Psychologist applies psychological theories, models and research to a range of psychological, psychiatric, mental health and developmental problems. Clinical psychologists provide a variety of services including assessment, therapy, and consultancy services. They work primarily, but not exclusively in child and/or adult and learning disability services where emotional, behavioural, psychiatric or developmental difficulties are addressed.
A Counselling Psychologist facilitates personal and interpersonal functioning across the life span with a focus on emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related, and developmental concerns. Counselling psychology encompasses a broad range of practices that help people improve their well being, alleviate distress and maladjustment, resolve crises, and increase their ability to live more highly functioning lives. Counselling psychologists work with people who have experienced a range of emotional and psychological difficulties. These include problems of identity and bereavement, relationship problems, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect.
In order to become a practising Psychologist in either field, one must complete a Bachelors degree in Psychology in a PSI accedited course. Then complete a postgraduate Masters or PHD in the specific field. Both occupations are vigorously regulated by the PSI. All psychologists at the Apex Clinic are members of the governing body PSI and adhere to their strict rules and regulations.
1.2 COUNSELLOR V’S PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Seeking help from a trained professional can greatly benefit an individuals life. It can re-establish a loving connection in relationships and act as a catylist for positive change. Again, when choosing a practitioner, it is important to understand the way in which each therapist works. All are different in education, approach and experience. Basically, therapists can call themselves Counsellor or Psychotherapist.
A Counsellor usually addresses particular issues or concerns for an individual, couple, or family. The counsellor will focus with the client on dealing with the feelings and reactions experienced, and will assist the client in developing their own resources to move forward. Psychotherapy is generally a longer term process that focuses on the conscious & unconscious self. Issues of personal meaning, relationship to self, and the impact of past trauma are dealt with.
There are many different therapies available. At the Apex Clinic, when you meet with a counsellor/psychotherapist, your needs are assessed and a therapy plan is established specifically for you. This plan can incorporate difference therapy methods which the practitioner feels will benefit you.
2. DO I NEED A G.P. REFERRAL TO SEE A PRACTITIONER?
No. All you need to do is pick up the telephone and call us or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Before making your appointment, you can speak with our referral officers via telephone or email. Based on your presenting issue and circumstance, they will pair you with a practitioner whose experience and education best suits your needs. HSE funding is available for some of Dr. Declan Cronins services. Please contact us for more information.
3. DO WE SEE CHILDREN?
Yes. Our clinical, counselling and educational psychologists are all experienced in working effectively with toddlers, children and adolescents. Our counsellors also work well with children and adolescents.
4. WHAT HAPPENS IN THERAPY?
Initially, your therapist/psychologist will conduct an assessment with you. The assessment phase usually goes for one session, but can sometimes extend to two. During this time, you will tell your therapist about the issues you have been experiencing. Your therapist will ask questions and gain an overall understanding of the types of things you have been experiencing. In return, your practitioner will talk about their treatment plan and approach to ensure it is right for you. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Sometime, there are instances where waiting is not an option. At the Apex Clinic, we have a team of Clinical Psychologists, a Counselling Psychologist, Educational Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists and referral officers who are available if you are seeking immediate assistance with a pressing issue. Providing the service as soon as possible is a cornerstone of our business. We endevour to meet with you at YOUR earliest convenience after initial contact. Each individual session is approximately 45 to 50 minutes. Please see Rates for more information on fees.
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