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 Professions Council as Registered Practitioner Psychologists. 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.
Counsellors and psychotherapists have more varied training backgrounds and may not have training in either medicine or psychology (although some do). Many use forms of therapy that seek to help with psychological difficulties by listening, and by increasing self-awareness and understanding.