The Association of Counselling Psychologists (ACP) is an independent representative body for Counselling Psychologists in Australia. For over 23 years the ACP has been addressing the needs of our members and people in society who turn to Counselling Psychologists. We are open to membership from all Counselling Psychologists and trainees working towards full registration. The ACP is based in Western Australia, where we offer regular professional development events that are affordable and meaningful to our specialised group of mental health care practitioners. You can find out more about our recent activities on our news and information page. If you would like to find out more about the professional development events we run please visit our professional development page. You can download the ACP Referral Booklet listing practitioners in WA right here.
Those who are unfamiliar with Counselling Psychology may find the following description useful, which is the most up-to-date definition accepted by the Australian Psychological Society College of Counselling Psychologists. The definition and competency statements are directly derived from our current training standards for nationally accredited post-graduate courses in Counselling Psychology across Australia.
Counselling psychologists use their knowledge and understanding of psychology, psychotherapy, and mental health to treat a wide range of psychological issues, problems, and mental health disorders. They provide assessment, diagnosis and psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families, and groups. They use evidence-based therapies and evidence-based therapy relationships to assist clients to resolve mental health disorders or psychological problems and move toward greater psychological health. They research, evaluate, and develop new methods for improving psychological health and therapeutic interventions for psychological problems and disorders. Counselling psychologists have a distinct philosophical stance, recognising the strengths and resources of people at all levels of psychological functioning, working collaboratively with people in a therapeutic relationship to bring about meaningful change.