is a vast range of therapists, with an equally vast range of qualifications,
experience and training. For the lay person, selection of the most
appropriate therapist can be problematic.
bodies, such as the British Psychological Society (BPS), the United
Kingdom Counsel for Psychotherapy (UKCP) the British Association
of Counselling (BAC), the British Association for Cognitive and
Behavioural Psychotherapy (BABCP) and the Royal College of Psychiatrists,
have developed processes of accreditation and registration of training
courses and of individual therapists, providing some guarantee that
they do have the necessary training and skills to carry out the
Therapy Division employs only therapists who have undergone accredited
training in CBT in addition to being qualified and experienced therapists
in their own profession. Their backgrounds are mainly in Clinical
Psychology; Counselling; or Mental Health Nursing. All have specialised
in the treatment of the conditions suffered by our clients. Many
additionally have undergone specialist training in EMDR. We carefully
consider the precise experience, training and specialism of the Consultant
when allocating each client to the most suitable therapist for their
particular needs (see Quality
The Personal Injury Division only employs Clinical Psychologists.
are a number of different psychological therapists that you may
have come across. It is often difficult to know what the different
titles actually mean. However, below is some information to help
clarify the nature and training involved within each. Click on the
titles below for further information.
Someone who has completed an Honours degree in Psychology, in a
course accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), but
who may or may not have undergone any other specialist training.
Psychologist: A Psychologist who has also completed a post
graduate degree in Clinical Psychology. Clinical Psychologists are
trained in the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of mental health
disorders. They may practise in variety of different areas of speciality
including adult, child, elderly, and substance abuse. Whilst they
may have one particular field of specialism, the comprehensive nature
of their training ensures that they also have generic knowledge
and experience across the range of psychological problems and therapies.
Psychologist: A Psychologist who has achieved their chartered
status i.e. having a number of years of supervised practise following
qualification. Includes Clinical Psychologists, but Chartered Psychologists
may also be from other fields e.g. Occupational or Educational Psychology.
Clinical Psychologist: A Clinical Psychologist who has
been accepted into the Clinical Division of the British Psychological
Society, and has achieved chartered status.
A Clinical psychologist with specialist training in relation to
conditions affecting the brain, such as head injury, epilepsy, brain
disease and dementia. They are normally involved in assessment and
rehabilitation of such conditions.
Psychologist: A Psychologist who has undertaken post graduate
training in the various psychotherapies for mental health conditions
often including CBT. However, such training does not necessarily
focus upon the diagnosis of mental health disorders.
Trained in counselling, but without first completing a Psychology
Degree. Counsellors may have initially qualified in Mental Health
Nursing or in Social Work, before completing a counselling qualification.
Whilst they are trained in counselling they do not necessarily have
the knowledge or experience in other psychotherapies such as CBT.
They are not formally trained in the diagnosis mental health disorders.
Unless accredited with the British Association for Counselling and
Psychotherapy (BACP) or the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists
(UKCP), there is no guarantee of quality, and their training may
vary from a few days to a few years.
Behaviour Therapist: An experienced therapist from any
background who has completed advanced training in Cognitive Behaviour
Therapy. Once sufficiently experienced in CBT, they can become accredited
as a CBT therapist through the British Association for Behavioural
Psychologists: A Psychologist who has post graduate training
in child development and educational needs, but not necessarily
in mental health conditions. Educational Psychologists normally
work in an education setting, but can also work in health settings
such as in a Child Psychiatric clinic.
Psychiatrist: A Doctor who has specialised in mental health
conditions. Uses the medical model to identify symptoms and diagnose
psychiatric conditions. Psychiatrists tend to work more with severe
conditions such as major affective disorders, psychoses and personality
disorders. They primarily use drug therapy, although some also specialise