A Clinical Psychologist completes a three year Doctorate degree and receives teaching, training and placement experiences in many areas including the development of mental health difficulties across the lifespan and a broad range of psychological therapies. Prior to being accepted onto the doctorate programme, an applicant will usually have significant experience working within psychological services under supervision and/or extensive research in this area. Some applicants may also have completed a Masters Degree in a closely related subject prior to being accepted on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme.
Throughout the training, a trainee will study and complete placements in several different specialties including working with adults, children, people with learning disabilities, older adults, neuropsychology and others. During training there is an emphasis on regular clinical supervision to support effective learning. A trainee will also be expected to develop and produce a doctoral thesis in a relevant psychological area and pass several exams and assessments.
When qualified a Clinical Psychologist may work in a number of specialist areas dependent on their interests. There are different training routes for people who want to become Educational Psychologists, Health Psychologists or Counselling Psychologists.
Are you thinking about trying some psychological therapy for a difficulty that you experience?
You may have some concerns or worries about this and you may need some support or advice before deciding what to do.
There are 3 different steps you can take to get in touch.
Book a telephone consultation
You can book a free 15 minute telephone consultation with me using the online booking form.
This can help us to decide together what would be the most helpful way forward for you.
Send an email
You can send me an email with any questions or concerns, or you can text me if this is easier for you.
There will be no pressure for you to make a decision regarding therapy at any time.
Arrange a first appointment
This can feel like a big step and you may feel anxious about this.
Please feel assured you will experience a warm welcome to help you feel able to discuss the difficulties, within a safe environment.