A Counseling Psychologist's practice would include:

  • Facilitating emotional support and psychotherapy for individuals, couples & families experiencing psychological difficulties, eg depression, marital guidance, etc.
  • Group therapy in situations where common themes arise, like substance abuse, peer pressure, living with diabetes, etc.
  • Psychometric assessments to assist with a variety of challenges, eg career decisions, neuro-psychological functioning, etc.
  • Psychological services offered as “on-site clinics” at hospitals or in the corporate sector. Examples are EAP, Coaching, Support Groups for HIV patients etc.
  • Offering courses on different psychological themes, eg Communication Skills, Marriage Enrichment etc.

HPCSA Definition (Click here to go to their Homepage)

Clinical psychologists assess, diagnose, and intervene in order to alleviate or contain relatively serious forms of psychological distress and psychopathology, or what is commonly referred to as "abnormal" behaviour.

Counselling psychologists assist relatively well-adjusted people in dealing with normal problems of life concerning all stages and aspects of a person's existence in order to facilitate desirable psychological adjustment, growth, and maturity.

Educational psychologists assess, diagnose and intervene in order to facilitate the psychological adjustment and development of children and adolescents within the contexts of family, school, social or peer groups and communities.

Industrial psychologists apply the principles of psychology to issues related to the work situation of relatively well-adjusted adults in order to optimise individual, group and organisational well-being and effectiveness.

Research psychologists address any of the above professional categories, not to render services to the public in that field, but to apply research methods and techniques in order to contribute to the knowledge base of that particular field.