About Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology is concerned with the assessment and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.  Clinical Psychologists work with a range of difficulties such as learning disabilities, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.  Clinical Psychologists hold an Undergraduate Degree in Psychology in addition to either a Doctorate or Masters in Clinical Psychology.

Clinical Psychologists are one of a number of professionals able to offer psychological therapy.  For example, Counselling Psychologists, Psychotherapists and accredited Counsellors also provide therapy.  Clinical Psychologists can offer other services in addition to therapy, such as psychometric testing (e.g. IQ testing).  Many Clinical Psychologists are also involved in research and teaching.

A practicing Clinical Psychologist must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), which regulates health and care professionals in the UK to protect the public.  They must also be chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS).  You can check qualifications and professional registration for anyone working with you or your family by visiting the BPS or HCPC websites.