Chartered Scientist

Chartered Scientist

Chartered Clinical Psychologist of the British Psychological Society

Chartered Clinical Psychologist of
the British Psychological Society.

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Registered Applied Psychology
Practice Supervisor by the
British Psychological Society.

Registered Clinical Psychologist by the Health Professionals Council

Registered Clinical Psychologist by
the Health Professionals Council.

BABCP - Accredited Practitioner

Accredited Cognitive Behaviour
Therapy Practitioner by the
British Association for Behavioural
and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Division of Clinical Psychology

Full Member of the Division of
Clinical Psychology of the
British Psychological Society

 

What is a Clinical Psychologist?

Psychology is the study of human functioning, both in terms of how we behave and interact and also of how our internal world functions, i.e. our thoughts, feelings and motivations.

A clinical psychologist is thus an applied scientist, able to develop and draw upon the breadth of psychological research to understand how mental health problems have arisen, how they are maintained in the here and now, and how they may be best managed or overcome. Clinical psychologists work in a range of academic and clinical roles. Some clinical psychologists work as therapists, using what are described as talking therapies based on various psychological theories. Clinical psychologists are not medical doctors and do not prescribe medication.

As far as qualification training is concerned, a clinical psychologist will have completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a minimum of two years relevant postgraduate research or clinical experience, followed by a three year professional doctorate in clinical psychology. Thus the core training spans a minimum of eight years full time, after which, most psychologists will continue post qualification specialisation training.   

A clinical psychologist differs to other types of therapists who are trained in a single therapy approach or type of problem, in that clinical psychologists have a basic training in a wide range of psychological theories and therapy approaches pertaining to the whole lifespan, to a range of disorders and also to individuals as well as groups and wider systems. Thus, although most clinical psychologists will specialise in a particular client group or therapy approach, they will be able to use ideas and techniques from other approaches. This is helpful because people rarely fit into neat categories.