Counselling psychology blends the theory and research of psychology with psychotherapy to reduce psychological distress and promote well-being. A counselling psychologist won't offer advice or opinions, they won't pass judgement either. Instead, they're an impartial guide to help patients understand their thoughts and emotions in relation to a wide range of topics, including past and present life events, childhood, relationships and behaviours.
Lots of people consult the advice of a counselling psychologist during those most challenging times in their lives. Whether it's because of a mental health issue bought on by the loss of a loved one, past trauma, domestic violence or sexual abuse, they're there to empower people to make any changes they need to make or find ways to cope with their problems.
TThey often work with children, young adults, adults, couples, families and groups at a community and organisational level. The sessions counselling psychologists host can take place over a shorter (weeks or months) or much longer period of time (years).
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Beth Latimer begins the series in a completely different vocation. However, after experiencing a traumatic life event of her own, she retrains and becomes a rape counsellor. In season three, we see Beth providing counselling and support for Trish Waterman, a local Broadchurch resident who has been sexually assaulted at a friend's birthday party.