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Thames Valley Psychology 


What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, behaviour, and human processes. 

Psychologists explore such concepts as perception, cognition, attention, emotion, phenomenology motivation, brain functioning, personality, behaviour, and relationships. We attempt to understand the role of mental functions in both individuals and groups, while also exploring the physiological and neurobiological processes that underlie certain functions and behaviours.

About Clinical Psychology:

Clinical psychology aims to reduce psychological distress and to enhance and promote psychological wellbeing. We deal with mental and physical health problems including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychosis, adjustment, chronic pain, the consequences of abuse or trauma, and a wide range of other conditions. 

The training for Clinical Psychology is rigorous and extensive and is now at a doctoral level, from accredited Universities. This is a practitioner doctorate, hence the title Psych.D. or D.Clin.Psych is used, but the research and academic requirements are equivalent to a PhD. 

What is a ‘Practitioner Psychologist’?

One of the professional titles that is restricted by law (together with ‘registered psychologist’, ‘clinical psychologist’, ‘counselling psychologist’, ‘educational psychologist’, ‘forensic psychologist’, ‘health psychologist’, ‘occupational psychologist’ and ‘sport and exercise psychologist’).  It is an offence to use any of these titles unless you are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the statutory regulator for practitioner psychologists in the UK. You can check the registration of a Practitioner Psychologist on the HCPC website http://www.hcpc-uk.org/ ).

What is a Chartered Psychologist?

Chartered Psychologist status is the benchmark of professional recognition for psychologists and reflects the highest standards of psychological knowledge and expertise.

If a professional is chartered it is a mark of experience, competence and reputation for anyone looking to employ, consult or learn from a psychologist.

The title is legally recognised and can only be conferred by the British Psychological Society under a Royal Charter which was granted in 1965 and gives the BPS national responsibility for the development, promotion and application of psychology for the public good.

Qualifying for chartered membership status is a significant achievement, requiring high levels of academic attainment, periods of supervised practice and applied experience, a commitment to lifelong learning, and an engagement with the broader issues facing the profession.

These foundations are further strengthened by the BPS Member Conduct Rules and Code of `ethics and Conduct which all Chartered Psychologists must follow.

Chartered Psychologists use the letters CPsychol after their name.

 
The title, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS) is awarded in recognition of several years' experience and contribution to the field of psychology. This is a mark of experience, competence and reputation of psychological knowledge.

Associate Fellows of the British Psychological Society may use the designatory letters AFBPsS, in addition to any other designations they may have. For example, Dr Phil Moss, C.Psychol., AFBPsS.

Qualifications and titles can be verified via the British Psychological Society (www.bps.org.uk) .


Disclosure and Barring (DBS checks):

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks, which are needed for certain kinds of work with vulnerable individuals. 

Dr Moss has a clear, current and valid DBS check due to employment in the NHS. Please contact him for details should you require any verification or wish to discuss such issues.