Clinical Psychology

Marlborough Leaf Clinical Psychology aims to reduce psychological distress and to enhance psychological well-being. It does so by using a wide range of assessment and intervention methods.

Assessment in Clinical Psychology involves determining the nature, causes and potential effects of personal distress. Assessment procedures include interviews, behavioural assessments and questionnaires.

Interventions are directed at preventing, treating and correcting emotional conflicts, psychological difficulties and skills deficits that underlie distress. Examples of intervention techniques include psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), couples therapy and skills training.

Qualifications

Clinical Psychologists have an Honours degree in Psychology. They will have then spent time gaining experience as a researcher or Assistant Psychologist before undertaking a Post-graduate training in Clinical Psychology. Originally this was a Masters training course, but in later years it was converted into Doctoral training. Therefore, some Clinical Psychologists will have the title of Doctor of Clinical Psychology if they qualified after the conversion of the course (written as D.Clin.Psychol).

All of the psychologists in the Wiltshire Psychology Service are Chartered Clinical Psychologists (written as C.Psychol). This means that their professional qualifications are recognised, endorsed and verified by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Chartership is re-issued annually, subject to the psychologist having completed a required amount of Continuing Professional Development. This ensures that the psychologist is undertaking post-qualification training to refine and improve their skills as a psychologist.

Furthermore, as legally required, all of our psychologists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This regulatory body was established to protect the public. To do this, they keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health.