Counselling Psychology Services

work therapeutically with clients suffering from a broad range of complex psychological difficulties (for example, the effects of childhood sexual abuse, relationship breakdown, domestic violence, major trauma and more) and offer individually formulated therapeutic approaches to address all symptoms of psychological disorder or distress (such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis). Counselling psychologists seek to build an active relationship with clients, which can both facilitate the collaborative exploration of underlying issues and empower individuals to confront and initiate changes. These interventions are multi-modal and may take the form of individual therapy or may be part of a package of care.

Chartered Counselling Psychologists work at all levels from assistant to consultant in NHS services including primary care, Community Mental Health Teams, tertiary settings for psychiatric in-patients, specialist services for older adults, those with eating disorders, personality disorders, learning difficulties, children and adolescent services, substance misuse and dual diagnosis services (mental health problems combined with substance misuse) and in general health care settings where psychological services are offered; in prison and probationary services, social services, voluntary organisations, employee assistance programmes (EAPs) occupational health departments, university student and staff counselling services; and in private practice. They may work with individuals, couples, families or groups.

The core professional activities of counselling psychologists relate principally to the provision of psychological therapy, including:


  • Assessment, whereby the counselling psychologist seeks to gain an understanding of the difficulties from the client perspective, taking into account the wider context;
  • Formulation to develop with the client(s) a psychological explanation of how and why the particular difficulties have arisen and are experienced by the client(s);
  • Planning and implementation of a course of psychological therapy and evaluation of the outcome of the therapy;
  • Management of services in the NHS, public and private sectors;
  • Supervision and training of other counselling psychologists, applied psychologists, assistant psychologists and other related professionals;
  • Multidisciplinary team work and team facilitation;
  • Service and organisational development, leadership and management;
  • Policy development;
  • Change management

Psychology Sussex

Key Benefits

  • Timely access to services
  • Fully qualified and accredited practitioners
  • Recognised by major insurers
  • Integrated clinical care


  • Practitioners who are experts in their field.
  • Established record of clinical outcomes