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What is Clinical Psychology?

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What is Clinical Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. Principles and theories from Psychology are applied to help people, couples, families, groups and organisations.

How Are Clinical Psychologists Trained to Help You?

Clinical Psychologists are trained in the breadth and depth of a range of psychological assessments, interventions and therapies. Thus, our Clinical Psychologists can offer you a tailored approach, including integrative therapies (combining two or more in a theoretically coherent practical way).

There are a range of psychological therapies available to choose from, to suit each situation and person.

Research evidence shows that many psychological therapies help people overcome many difficulties, either completely or partially.

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What’s the difference between a Clinical Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?

A Clinical Psychologist has trained in Psychology, (including developmental Psychology, etc), Psychological Therapy/Psychotherapy and Mental Health since studying for their first degree and, after that, during their specialist training.

Clinical Psychologists usually have 7-8 years of training.  A Psychiatrist usually trains as a medical doctor first, then specialises in mental health after that. Psychiatrists can prescribe medications; Clinical Psychologists do not prescribe medication but have some training in this topic and knowledge through seeing people who are on medications.

Psychologists use talking therapies to help people.

Clinical Psychologists are doctors of mental health.

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What’s the difference Between A Psychologist and a Clinical Psychologist?

Anyone off the street can call themselves a Psychologist! It’s not a legally protected title. They may have a psychology graduate degree but they may not even have that. A Psychology degree does not involve clinical psychology training.

A Clinical Psychologist then trains in Clinical Psychology, (including Psychological Therapy/Psychotherapy, Talking Therapies, Mental Health, etc.) during their specialist training (after having graduated with the psychology first degree).

Clinical Psychologists are trained doctors of clinical psychology.

The health and care professions council (HCPC) is the regulator of many professions including Clinical Psychology so check your Clinical Psychologist is registered with them.

In addition, they can also choose to belong to one of two professional psychology organisations as well: the British Psychological Society (BPS) or the association of clinical psychologists UK (ACP) but they don’t have to.

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Jurai Darongkamas | Clinical Psychologist


Dr Jurai Darongkamas

Jurai is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who worked in Mental Health in the National Health Service (NHS), 1986 – 2019.

She now works part time alongside select colleagues offering high quality Psychological Therapies privately.

She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS), an experienced trainer and supervisor; previously Lead in an NHS Trust for people with complex difficulties and Board Trustee.


This page has been written to provide a brief overview for the reader. It should not be used as a basis for any action until after obtaining a professional opinion about your unique difficulties, strengths, circumstances, life history, etc.