INFORMATION ON CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGISTS

Clinical Psychologists aim to enable people to maximise their 'psychological and physical well-being; to develop and use their capacity to make informed choices in order to enhance and maximise independence and autonomy; to have a sense of self-understanding, self-respect and self-worth, and to be able to enjoy good social and personal relationships.' (British Psychological Society)

They undergo at least seven years full-time training prior to qualification. Usually a first degree in psychology is followed by one or more years’ practical experience working as an Assistant Psychologist or in a related profession. They then undergo three more years of academic work and practical placements as a Trainee Clinical Psychologist in the NHS. This leads to the qualification of Doctor of Clinical Psychology. Professional development then continues within their own specialism, including Clinical Neuropsychology.

The training that Clinical Psychologists undergo is unique in the emphasis placed on an evidence-based approach to therapy. This approach is fundamental to their work with clients, directing assessment, formulation, and therapeutic intervention.