What is Clinical Psychology?

Clinical psychology is a protected professional title under the HCPC (Health Care Professional Council). It’s illegal to practice under this title unless you are registered with the HCPC.  This means that they have completed all the relevant training and are registered to practice in a safe, ethical and legal way. In addition, they are committed to continuing professional development and ensuring that they are aware of current best practices.  You can always check the HCPC register to make sure someone is a professional (http://www.hpc-uk.org/check/).

Other individuals may offer talking therapy and it is always important to make sure that they are registered with a professional body (ask if you’re not sure!).  This doesn’t mean that they are not a professional; they may just have had different training or expertise to offer.  I am happy to point you in the right direct if you would like to check someone’s professional registration.

Some talking therapists (including Clinical Psychologists) may offer specific forms of treatment (such as EMDR).  Again, it’s important to make sure that individuals are trained to provide specific forms of treatment.  Some forms of treatment (like Mindfulness) do not need specific qualifications at present.  But it’s still important to ask therapists about their experience in what they practice.