The Pros And Cons Of Counselling Psychology

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1. Introduction Counselling Psychology (CoP) is a relatively new profession. CoP finds its roots in counselling and psychology, two disciplines with different approaches. With its roots in the counselling profession CoP indicates a humanistic basis whilst the psychological aspect of CoP indicates a more scientific approach. Since its creation in 1994, CoP has tried to integrate these two approaches in order to present a more coherent and balanced profession/role. A debate arisen from these attempts to integrate the humanistic and the scientific. As a result, there have been questions about the identity of Counselling Psychologists: Who are they? What are they doing exactly? How different are they from Clinical psychologists? etc. Questions also arise from the economic climate where funding needs -more than ever- be justified. In a political and economic climate that insists upon proof of efficacy and value for money, CoP is confronted with the real and present risk of losing sight of the very attributes that characterise and distinguish its field in the face of an inexorable demand for Empirically Supported Treatments (EST) and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) (Miller, 2006;…show more content…
Initially, CoP was focused on well-being and growth, which involved adopting a non-pathologizing and developmental stance to clients. Counselling psychology is traditionally a discipline concerned with the promotion of fully functioning behaviour and the cultivation of strengths rather than the cure of deficits. This humanistic psychology positions the profession as client-focused in terms of its philosophical underpinnings, research/outcomes and therapeutic
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