- So you want to become a psychologist?
- What happens after your 4 years of study?
- Seems like a whole lot of study for me. Is there another way for me to become a counsellor/psychotherapist?
- Why doesn’t everyone just become a counsellor then?
When people tend to talk about wanting to become a psychologist, they tend to specifically mean they want to become counselling psychologists.
In reality, you will instead spend the first four years learning close to nothing about counselling or doing anything remotely “hands on” at all. This usually comes as a big surprise and shock to many.
Yes. To become a counsellor, you do not need to become a psychologist.
Therefore, you could technically speaking become a “counsellor” without doing a day of study! That said, there are many courses out there you should consider which will teach you the skills necessary to become a counsellor in a much shorter time frame than the minimum 6 years, it will take you to become a “counselling psychologist”.