A role for counselling psychologists within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

: Counselling psychology appears to be neglecting the importance and merits of working with the client population associated with the preterm neonate within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Throughout, the benefits of such a move are highlighted with particular emphasis on how counselling psychologists are uniquely qualified for this role. Specialist knowledge required to provide clients with the greatest therapeutic gains illustrates the pertinent issues, with proposals for clinical practice put forward. NHS Trusts nationwide are encouraged to recruit this ready-made professional into the Department for the psychological health of parents and caregivers engaged in caring for the preterm neonate.