In order to become a registered Counselling Psychologist, individuals needs to complete a coursework Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, a one year internship, and pass the HPCSA board exam.
Counselling psychologists are professionally trained health professionals that work with individuals, couples, families, and/or communities. These psychologists aim to treat patients by using therapy designed to optimise their psychological well-being. Counselling psychologists work in a variety of settings including such as private practice, different government departments and schools.
The journey to becoming a Counselling Psychologist will take a minimum of 6 years; depending on what route a student takes. Counselling Psychologists will need to complete a full-time coursework M degree as well as a supervised internship year at an HPCSA accredited internship site. Counselling Psychologists do not have to complete a year of Community Service.
To find out more about accredited universities that offer training in Counselling Psychology in South Africa, click here.