Clinical Psychologists have both an undergraduate psychology degree as well as post graduate training in Clinical Psychology leading to doctoral qualification. This means that training lasts a minimum of six years in total together with several years of work experience. Clinical Psychologists are trained in a variety of different models and can draw on a range of evidence based approaches. They work to develop a formulation, which is a shared understanding of difficulties used to inform treatment. They are not medically trained and do not prescribe medication.
Clinical Psychologists work with people of different ages and with a range of difficulties. During training, placements across a variety of settings allow the development of a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience. To ensure that skills and knowledge remain effective and current, Clinical Psychologists are required to engage in continuing professional development (CPD). Many also choose to engage in further specialist training.
Clinical Psychologists aim to reduce psychological distress and enhance and promote psychological well-being. They are skilled in psychological assessment, formulation, delivering therapy, as well as providing training and consultation to other practitioners.
For further information about the role of a Clinical Psychologist, please visit The British Psychological Society website.
Why meet with a private Clinical Psychologist?
Clinical Psychologists are usually available through your local NHS trust, therefore you should contact your GP who will be able to tell you what services are available and how to access these. Sometimes, people choose to access a private Clinical Psychologist who may be able to see them sooner or for different treatments than those available through the NHS.