What are Clinical Psychologists?
Clinical psychologists are highly specialised mental health professionals whose aim is to reduce psychological distress and enhance and promote psychological well-being. They are trained to work with a wide range of mental and physical health problems and with people of all ages, although usually they choose to specialise in working with either children or adults.
How are they regulated?
The British Psychological Society (hyperlink) is the professional representative body for psychology in this country. The society provides standards to protect members of the public. All members of the BPS have to adhere to a Code of Conduct and can be subject to disciplinary procedures if they break this code.
The BPS operates a Register of Chartered Psychologists which contains the details of all psychologists who have been judged “fit to practise psychology without supervision”. All chartered clinical psychologists have completed a three year post-graduate training programme that equips them with the specialist knowledge and therapeutic skills needed to treat psychological problems across the lifespan. In order to maintain their practice, all chartered clinical psychologists must continue to undertake appropriate training, development and updating of their skills.
Furthermore all practising clinical psychologists are required to be registered with the Health Professions Council. The purpose of the HPC is to protect the health and wellbeing of people who use the services of the health professionals registered with them; they do this by setting standards covering health professionals’ education and training, behaviour, professional skills and health.
Which professional bodies do I belong to?
Member of the British Psychological Society
Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology (part of the BPS)
Member of the Faculty for Children and Young People (part of the BPS)
Member of the Special Group for Independent Practitioners (part of the BPS
Member of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Association for Child Psychologists in Private Practice
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
I have an up-to-date enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate. I hold professional liability insurance.
If you are unhappy with any aspect of the service I provide, I will attempt to resolve this personally in the first instance. Thereafter, you can contact either the BPS or the HCPC if you feel your concern is unresolved.