Clinical Psychologists aim is to reduce emotional distress and to enhance and promote psychological wellbeing. This may be measured in a reduction in symptoms, alongside more positive experiences overall, such as improved self-esteem, relationships and overall life satisfaction.

Clinical Psychologists have been trained in a wide range of therapeutic approaches within a doctorate level training course. The enables them to draw on a range of therapies to offer individualised and tailored treatment. Therapy is based on developing a shared understanding of a client’s difficulties, strengths and hopes.

Therapeutic approaches include Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Systemic (or family and relational) Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Parenting Support (to name a few).

Clinical Psychologists have training across the lifespan with a wide range of difficulties. They can support people experiencing anxiety, low mood, stress, bereavement, relationship difficulties and may other mood or behavioural challenges. 

It takes between 6-9 years to qualify as a registered Clinical Psychologist. Clinical Psychologists must have completed an undergraduate and/or masters degree in psychology followed by a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. In addition, most Clinical Psychologists have completed 2-4 years of postgraduate clinical experience before beginning the doctorate course. Clinical Psychologists are trained by the NHS and the doctorate involves both academic and clinical work. After qualifying, they are required to undertake regular training to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date. All Clinical Psychologists within the UK are registered with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) and you can check their registration online via the HCPC’s website.

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Katrina Rumball