Counselling Psychology in Medical Settings: The Promising Role of Counselling Health Psychology

Evangelos C. Karademas

Abstract


In recent decades a biopsychosocial understanding of health predominated, and health problems stopped being just a physician‟s job. Consequently, the role of experienced psychologists in health care is gradually becoming more important. Counselling Psychology as a major field of psychological science with an enormous knowledge and experience in dealing with a diversity of problems has only to offer to the medical health care. Our purpose is to present the multiple roles of counselling psychologists (e.g., as evaluators, advisors, therapists) in health and health care. Issues regarding the training of 'health counselling psychologists' are also being discussed. Finally, I argue about the opportunities and difficulties that counselling health psychologists may meet in daily practice.

Keywords


counselling health psychology; medical health care; health care provision