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For information about our Clinical Psychologists, see the "about us" page.  Please send us an email or ring if you want to be seen by one of our private clinical psychologists for therapy, (see "contact us" details).

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. 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.

Below are Links in an emergency to Other Helplines and Information. (We cannot vouch for these other organisations and can take no responsibility for their content. These links will take you away from our website so we suggest you open up another tab/window to follow any of the links).

If you need to talk to someone urgently, contact details of other organisations for your information:

Samaritans -  - free call 116 123 free from the UK

Mind -   0300 123 3393

Sane - SANEline, a specialist mental health helpline - 0300 304 7000 between 4.30pm and 10.30pm each evening.

Please note we cannot endorse any of the above sites. They are provided for information only and we take no responsibility for their content.

Link to information about Mental Health and to help you to look after your own mental health

Coronavirus and mental health:

Information website on Trauma:

Trauma responses and talking therapies explained: (explains re re-experiencing, avoiding symptoms, hypervigilance (i.e. PTSD), behavioural changes as well as the 2 main types of appropriate trauma therapies)

Helpful strategies include:

self-soothing strategies (including singing,  safe place and butterfly hug – see link below-, as well as focussed breathing practices) can be very helpful during an ongoing crisis.

Exercises for psycho–emotional self-care to protect Frontline staff from developing traumatic stress, burnout and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:

e.g. butterfly hug, grounding technique to bring down intensity of emotion, Present Safety and Four Elements Exercises.

Web link for video showing how to do the butterfly hug: (“it’s like washing your hands for your mind”)


or (male with accent, with explanation at the start of the video, and with instructions on when and how to do it)

BBC how to protect your mental health:

Looking after your mental health

Links to general organisations, mental health:

The regulatory body for Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, the Health and Care Professions Council, HCPC can be found at

Members of the public can check someone’s registration at

Information about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),

Information about Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) association,

Information about CAT therapy,

Information about Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) at

Psychodynamic and psychoanalytic approaches at the British Psychoanalytic Council

National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)

We support its time to talk day - 3rd February 2022


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