Psychologist - Counselling

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A counselling psychologist talks and listens to people to help them to deal with a range of mental health problems relating to life issues including bereavement and domestic abuse.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The salaries for NHS Psychologists in Scotland are usually based on the NHS Agenda for Change pay rates. The current pay scales are from April 2021.

Qualified psychologists start on Band 7, £40,872 to £47,846 a year. With experience this rises to Band 8a, £50,470 to £54,482 a year, and Band 8b, £60,730 to £65,377 a year.

Consultant/lead psychologists are on Band 8c, £72,792 to £78,452 a year.


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Getting In

There are jobs with local authorities and the civil service, the National Health Service (NHS), and in private hospitals. About half of counselling psychologists do clinical work in health and social care settings. There are jobs in the human resource management departments of private companies.

What Does it Take?

You need:

You should be:


Getting On

You could set up as a self-employed consultant, working from home or from a rented office.



The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Psychological Society
Tel: 0116 254 9568
Website (2):
Twitter: @BPSOfficial

NHS Scotland Careers
Website (2):
Twitter: @NHSScotCareers

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