Typically psychologists working within CPFT work alongside colleagues from other professional disciplines.

Psychologists work in many different services, with adults, children, and families. The British Psychological Society has information about the work psychologists do http://www.bps.org.uk/psychology-public/how-can-psychology-help-you/how-can-psychology-help-you.

One Psychologist has explained what Psychologists do by saying

"I try to help people who are sad or scared. 

There are all kinds of reasons why people are sad or scared, but I am interested in the things that have happened to people. 

I try to work out how the things that have happened to people might have changed the way they think about themselves, think about other people, think about how the world works or what might happen next. 

If some very bad things have happened to you, you will probably think that bad things will happen again. If people have hurt you in the past, you will probably be scared that it might happen again. Some people get so sad or scared that they need help...

I try to help people by understanding why the bad things that happen to us can make us feel sad and scared. I then talk to people to try to help them understand that they can do lots of things to help themselves. Most people can find better ways to help themselves. Usually, that happens when they come to understand that they can think about the world in different ways, and that talking to other people is the best way to learn how to think in new and different ways." (Professor Peter Kinderman, from http://peterkinderman.blogspot.co.uk)

Find out if a psychologist is registered

To find out if a psychologist, or other health professional is registered with the national regulatory body, you can search the HCPC register here: http://www.hpc-uk.org/check/ 

If you would like to find a psychologist you can search the BPS website here: http://www.bps.org.uk/psychology-public/find-psychologist/find-psychologist

The page was last updated on 02 May 2018 by fglenn.

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