What is a Clinical Psychologist?
A Clinical Psychologist is someone with experience in working within healthcare settings, who has trained to doctoral level in core skill areas. These include assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Clinical Psychologists are trained in a variety of treatment modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, family therapy or Mindfulness-based techniques. They have to understand how research into healthcare is conducted, so that they can keep up to date with latest findings and approach theory with a questioning mind. They are trained to work with teams as well as individuals.
How do Clinical Psychologists differ from Therapists or Counsellors?
Clinical Psychologists are trained in a range of different treatment techniques. This means that they can take an integrated approach, and use the techniques that are most suitable for each person and the difficulties they are experiencing. Clinical Psychologists are also trained in areas that psychotherapists do not cover, such as neuropsychology, psychometric assessment, research, and working with teams.
How do Clinical Psychologists Differ from Psychiatrists?
Clinical Psychologists are trained to work in healthcare, but their training is non-medical, and they do not prescribe medication.
How can I check that you are qualified to help me?
You can find my registration details on the both the HCPC website and the BPS website. My practice is regulated by the HCPC, and I abide by professional standards set by the BPS.
Will you keep records about our work?
I am required to keep written records of our work together, and these are kept in compliance with the Data Protection Act: they are locked and no-one else has access to them.
How do you ensure you work to the highest possible standard?
I have regular supervision, where I anonymously discuss areas of my work. I also keep up to date with new research and writing on my areas of work, and I try to publish as much as I can myself as well as this process is subject to the scrutiny of fellow professionals. I also attend a group for psychologists in private practice where we share information about new ways of working.