PhD in Counseling Psychology Programs

counseling psychology word cloudIf you are interested in working as a psychology counselor, then you should consider taking a PhD in counseling psychology. This page tells you more about studying counseling psychology and helps you to locate a suitable PhD program. 

Counseling psychology is the application of psychology to the solving of the problems of everyday stresses, including career planning, learning difficulties, marriage guidance and family difficulties.  This is different to clinical psychology, which deals wih analysis, research and treatment of severe mental health disorders, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

The page mainly has links to schools for students who wish to study their doctorate online. If you wish to explore the on campus psychology programs available, go to the on campus programs page.

Before you can take a PhD you'll need a masters, in which case check out the counseling psychology masters degree page. 


Where can you take a PhD in counseling psychology online?

The following are selected schools offering PhD counseling psychology programs:

  • University of the Rockies
    • Doctor of Psychology - Executive Coaching
    • Doctor of Psychology - Health and Wellness Psychology
    • Doctor of Psychology - Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • Liberty University
    • PhD in Counseling - Pastoral Counseling
    • PhD in Counseling - Professional Counseling


Other specializations of relevance

You may find it useful to consider the programs similar to the counseling doctorate in the following areas:

Other schools and programs can be found by using the search box.


What do you study in a counseling psychology doctorate?

Counseling psychologists help people to solve interpersonal problems. To do this they use many techniques, including one-on-one interviews, group sessions and hypnosis. These are all skills that need to be learned. A good rapport between the counselor and the patient is essential for counseling sessions to be successful, so good interpersonal and communication skills are very important.

A typical counseling psychology doctorate would include: assessment, career development, human growth and development, interpersonal communications and relationships, group work, social and cultural diversity, research and program evaluation, professional identity.


What jobs can you get with a doctorate in counseling psychology?

The demand for psychology counselors seems to be increasing.  As a graduate of an online counseling psychology program you would advise people on how to deal with problems of everyday living, including career or work problems and problems faced in different stages of life.  You might be helping people overcome addictions and substance abuse, marriage and domestic issues. With a doctorate in counseling psychology you might work in K-12 education settings, hospitals, and  non-profit organizations. 

To be licensed to practice as a counselor in the US you also need to have a master's degree or PhD in counseling and up to 2,000 hours of supervised clinical internship, in addition to taking a state-administered exam. The American Psychological Association (APA) accredits doctoral training programs in counseling, as well as institutions that provide internships for doctoral students in counseling psychology.


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