Sahil Mehta

I graduated in Psychology & English in second division (psychology above 55%)in 2005. Thereafter with PG dip in TV Journalism thereafter, I have been working in media. But I wish to get into Counselling (relationship/personality development- and NOT care

I graduated in Psychology & English in second division (psychology above 55%)in 2005. Thereafter with PG dip in TV Journalism thereafter, I have been working in media. But I wish to get into Counselling (relationship/personality development- and NOT career counseling/ rehabilitation/ mental retardation/ children, though I know they all are interconnected. Am 27 now- 25 on record. What are my chances? Am deeply interested in counselling and it suits my personality. Also plz suggest best colgs for PG diploma/degree in psychology/coubseling. Not able to shortlist. Is correspondence of no use? PLZ REPLY. THNX

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RE: I graduated in Psychology & English in second division (psychology above 55%)in 2005. Thereafter with PG dip in TV Journalism thereafter, I have been working in media. But I wish to get into Counselling (relationship/personality development- and NOT care

Deepti Sharma
Deepti Sharma
Verified Career Expert
Career Counselor & Volunteer at Manovikas Kendra
  • Hyderabad

Hi Natasha,

You can opt for MA in psychology with the specialization of counseling psychology. After that you can do PG diploma in marital/couple counseling to enhance your career profile.

University of mumbai, manipal university,amity university, bangalore university, University of hyderabad etc offers the above mentioned courses.

Distance courses in psychology are of value to people already working and need to upgrade their profile .

Hope this helps

Good luck

RE: I graduated in Psychology & English in second division (psychology above 55%)in 2005. Thereafter with PG dip in TV Journalism thereafter, I have been working in media. But I wish to get into Counselling (relationship/personality development- and NOT care

Aparna M Venkatesan
Aparna M Venkatesan
Verified Career Expert
PhD Management And Organizational Psychologist
  • Hosur

Hello


School Psychologists

Reading up your inquiry I can clearly suggest you on studying 'MSc or MA Psychology' course or MA/ MSc Applied Psychology with counselling. Some colleges also run 'MA or MSc Counselling psychology' itself. So you are free to choose either of these three degrees from the above. If you choose to study Psychology degree, then during your second year you should choose 'Counselling psychology' as your major elective. However studying a 'Counselling psychology' is more appropriate to you than choosing only a psychology or applied psychology degree.

Next, when you choose to study Counselling Psychology degree at masters level, it is usually run for two years in India. During your second year, you will be asked to select an elective and in that carefully select your interested electives. You will have options from career counselling, family counselling, adult counselling or relationship counselling. You can choose to ignore the ones you dont want to and only select family or relationship counselling electives.

I also want to mention that doing only a MA/ MSc is desirable rather than a PG Diploma course. Also choose to study only by full time and not by distance mode. Psychology or Counselling psychology is a lab oriented course and you wont be restricted only to theories and books. Only a full time course will effectively equip you to a career in counselling.

The second advantage of doing a full time is, you can get to do summer projects/ internships during your first and second year with any NGO's, companies or private organisations. Doing an internship is very important as this will keep you on your feet when you complete degree and are searching for a job. You will get a job the sooner you have an internship in hand.

The third advantage of doing a full time counselling is the chance of networking. When you are at a full time college, you will learn information about the companies. organisations or NGO's working in counselling area through your fellow students, professors and senior studnets. This way you will get to know about jobs and places where you can apply. If you do by distance, all these will never reach you as you will not have an opportunity to networking.

Colleges offering MA/ MSc Psychology/ Counselling Psychology/ Applied Psychology:
I am only listing the best colleges here for you. Try your luck for admission at some of these.
1. Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi - MA Applied Psychology
2. SNDT University Mumbai - MSc Counselling Psychology
3. Amity University - MSc Counselling Psychology
4. Christ University Bangalore - MSc Psychological Counselling
5.Madras school of social work (MSW Chennai) - MSc Counselling Psychology
6. Womens Christian College (WCC Chennai) - MSc Psychology with counselling
7. University of Pune - MSc Counselling Psychology

These are the top and one of the best colleges for this course and my best wishes for your admission and career at one of the above places. If you need further help, please write to me back. Good luck.

RE: I graduated in Psychology & English in second division (psychology above 55%)in 2005. Thereafter with PG dip in TV Journalism thereafter, I have been working in media. But I wish to get into Counselling (relationship/personality development- and NOT care

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