About Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychologists are now trained to Doctoral level before they are qualified and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This means that they must complete an undergraduate psychology degree, before (usually) gaining clinical experience prior to Doctoral training, which lasts 3 years. Our training involves continuous study, combined with 5 placements, and a research thesis. My research project explored the experiences of fathers parenting their infants while in custody. We are required to gain experience across the lifespan throughout our training. This means that we have the opportunity to work with clients of all ages and stages of life. As Clinical Psychologists we are trained to work with individuals, groups and organisations. We work with people who are experiencing psychological distress across many different presentations, including anxiety and low mood. We are also able to help people and businesses to get to know themselves better, and to make positive changes. We use psychological theory to inform our practice, and we are required to have regular supervision. This allows us to reflect on our work and ensure that we are working ethically and effectively. 

You can find out more about Clinical Psychologists on reputable websites such as www.bps.org.uk and www.hcpc-uk.co.uk, or contact me directly at drelainesmith@protonmail.com.

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