Counselling psychologist

Male psychologist sitting in a group

A day as a counselling psychologist

This morning, you're working at a GP surgery, providing therapy sessions for patients with a wide variety of 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. Together, you consider her life in a broader sense, including previous life experiences and general health.

You encourage her to discuss her emotional state, and suggest 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.

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