What is a Clinical Psychologist?

"The scientist-practitioner"

Our aim is to reduce your distress and improve your psychological well-being and quality of life.

However, the same can be said of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, and CBT Therapists - so what makes Clinical Psychology different?

The title Clinical Psychologist is what is referred to as a protected title, that is, you must have obtained the necessary qualifications to use this title. 

Clinical Psychologists not only have the skills to provide a therapeutic environment, but we are trained to apply scientific knowledge and evidence to support you in obtaining positive change.  This means that we have undergone a minimum of 6 years training at a recognised National Standard (including Psychology Undergraduate and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology) and have demonstrated and developed skills to work across the age and ability range.  We can work with adults, children, families, and couples, and can provide consultancy, assessment, and therapy. 

Our training and experiences provide us with a variety of different skills and techniques, working across different therapeutic models (such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindfulness etc) to support you and work in a person-centred way.  In other words, we should be able to find something in our 'toolkit' which will work for you, rather than us being a 'one trick pony'.

Other professional titles you may have come across such as therapist, counsellor, psychotherapist or even psychologist do not necessarily ensure that an individual has undertaken appropriate levels of training to engage in therapeutic work.  It is therefore important for you to check an individual's accreditations before engaging in therapeutic work with them. You can check mine here.

For a brief comparison of the types of therapist you may come across, feel free to download our information sheet.

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