Over many years psychologists have sought to understand how we function as human beings
Based on rigorous scientific testing, psychological theories help us to understand how we think and how we behave; how we interact with one another, within our families, within groups and within society as a whole, and how we develop, from childhood to adulthood and to old age.
To find out more about our specialisms click on the titles below:
Clinical psychology is the application of these scientifically developed and tested theories of human psychological functioning to mental and psychological health problems and difficulties throughout the lifespan.
Clinical psychologists have all completed an undergraduate degree in psychology and a postgraduate training in clinical psychology, (currently a 3-year doctoral training). Many have also completed PhDs and/or prior to undertaking their clinical training, spent many years working in relevant mental health fields.
To protect the public, the term “Clinical Psychologist” is protected and only those clinicians who have fulfilled the criteria and standards set down by the Health Professions Council are entitled to describe themselves as such and to register with the Health & Care Professions Council as Registered Practitioner Psychologists.
Educational psychology is concerned with children and young people in nurseries, schools and colleges. Educational psychologists assess children with learning difficulties, disabilities and complex developmental disorders.
Educational psychologists have all completed an undergraduate degree in psychology and a postgraduate training in educational psychology (currently at doctoral level). Many have also worked as teachers.
To protect the public, the term “Educational Psychologist” is protected and only those who have fulfilled the criteria and standards set down by the Health & Care Professions Council are entitled to describe themselves as such and to register with the Health Professions Council as Registered Practitioner Psychologists.
Psychotherapy & Counselling
The terms ‘psychotherapy’ and ‘counselling’ cover a range of therapeutic methods. Many psychotherapists and counsellors use forms of therapy that seek to help with psychological difficulties by listening, and by increasing self-awareness and understanding. Psychotherapy and counselling can be provided for adolescents and children as well as adults.
Counsellors and psychotherapists have more varied training backgrounds than Clinical or Educational Psychologists and may not have training in either medicine or psychology (although some do).
The terms “psychotherapist” and “counsellor” are not protected but the public can check that psychotherapists and counsellors are accredited with an organisation or body registered with the Professional Standards Authority for Health & Social Care
“…thank you for your help in preparing her for university and developing the resilience to deal with the less happy times at school. While she may continue to find certain situations difficult, I am hopeful now that, having got off to a good start at X University, she is on a much firmer footing to face the future.”
Parents of a 19-year-old with high functioning autism
All clinical psychologists at The Psychology Practice are registered with the HCPC as Registered Practitioner Psychologists.
In addition, all clinical psychologists at The Psychology Practice are Chartered Psychologists, denoted CPsychol, a title conferred by the British Psychological Society as a mark of experience, competence and reputation. All Chartered Psychologists must abide by the British Psychological Society’s Member Conduct Rules and Codes of Conduct and Ethics.
Unlike psychologists, psychiatrists have undergone a medical (and not a psychological) training and as such, can prescribe medication where this might be indicated in cases of severe and serious mental illness. More information can be obtained from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.