Amongst South Africans, there are still a lot of people who do not completely understand what a counselling psychologist is, what role this practitioner fulfils, and how they fit into the greater scheme of things.
Perhaps this may be because many South Africans were brought up in a society that had misconceptions about counselling and psychology. These factors have led people to rather bury and internalise their real, perceived or underlying issues that troubles and affects their daily, instead of seeking and accepting professional help from a counselling psychologist when they need it.
Consult the Appropriate Professional Practitioner
Fortunately, this negative inclination has slowly but surely changed over the past few decades. People know that if you have a toothache, you need to see a dentist. If you show symptoms of heart problems, you need to see a cardiologist. Likewise, when the training, skills and assistance of a counselling psychologist are required, you must book one or a series of consultations to help you sort out socio-psychologically and developmentally related issues in an effective, scientific, professional manner.
What a Counselling Psychologist Is and Does
Other than stating that counselling psychology is a division of social sciences, the answer to the question of what a counselling psychologist is, is best explained and most clearly understood by listing some of the qualification criteria, duties and responsibilities of counselling psychologists in South Africa.
If you are still unsure what a counselling psychologist is and how they can help you, contact Marteleze van Graan. As a qualified counselling psychologist, Marteleze uses psychotherapy as a way to help individuals to cope more effectively with the challenges they face on a daily basis. Contact Marteleze today to book your session.