What is Clinical Psychology?
A Clinical Psychologist will have studied for three years to gain an undergraduate degree in Psychology at university. After gaining further experience working in relevant healthcare settings, Clinical Psychologists complete three further years doctorate clinical training on an approved training scheme at university. They are qualified as Doctors of Clinical Psychology and are able to support adults, children, older adults and people with learning difficulties.
They are trained to work in NHS settings using several models of psychological therapy (usually Cognitive Behavioural Therapy plus at least one other model e.g. psychodynamic/systemic) and to work consultatively with allied health professionals and parents/carers. They also learn and conduct doctoral level research over three years and develop skills in audit, service development and leadership.
Clinical Psychologists are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) http://www.hcpc-uk.co.uk/
Dr Watson and Dr Egan are both registered Practitioner Psychologists with the HCPC, and also have Chartered Status with the British Psychological Society http://www.bps.org.uk/