What is Clinical Psychology?

Clinical Psychologist's offer assessment and therapy (sometimes referred to as counselling) to people with the aim of reducing psychological distress and enhancing well-being. Therapy is based on a collaborative formulation (understanding of why a person’s difficulties have developed and what’s keeping them going). Within my work I draw on a wide variety of therapeutic models depending on what suits the person and the difficulties they are experiencing. 

All interventions are individually tailored and person-centred. I have experience of working with people from different cultures and backgrounds and I work in a non-judgemental and compassionate way. My work is evidence-based, meaning I draw on the latest research and guidance. Where possible I will use outcome measures with you so that we can track the progress of our work. I carry out regular reviews of how we are getting on.

How is a Clinical Psychologist different to a psychotherapist/counsellor?

Psychotherapy is an umbrella term for any professional who provides therapy for clients. A psychotherapist/counsellor could be from a range of backgrounds with various levels of qualification. There are currently no laws regarding who can call them self a psychotherapist/counsellor, however registrations with a professional body (e.g. BABCP, UKCP) means a counsellor/psychotherapist has satisfied certain rules on training and practice.

‘Clinical Psychologist’ is a protected title meaning that it can only be used if you have met the necessary requirements of a 3 year Doctorate in Clinical Psychology approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).