Seeking an opinion or therapy from a private clinical psychologist offers the benefit of comprehensive, psychological care with excellent clinical expertise and less practical constraints (e.g. long waiting lists, limited sessions, or access to only one therapeutic approach). Clinical psychologists work with people of all ages, individuals, couples, groups, families, professionals and organisations. They are comprehensively trained in the assessment and treatment of mental health difficulties.
Doctorate level training is required to legally practice as a clinical psychologist, conferring the title 'doctor'. This training is exceptionally broad, across the life span and training psychologists must succeed in numerous competency based assessments (both within clinical settings and university) in order to gain qualification. By law clinical psychologists are registered and regulated by the Health and Care Professionals Council and are required to participate in regular training and professional development activities to maintain their registration.
You can therefore be confident that you are selecting a highly skilled professional in psychological assessment, consultation and psychotherapy.
Clinical psychologists treat using scientific evidence-based psychotherapy. It is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence that evidence-based psychological therapy should be a first-line treatment for mental health in preference to, or in conjunction with, pharmacological treatment. Clinical psychologists in the United Kingdom do not prescribe medications to treat mental health conditions.
Due to the broad nature of their training, a clinical psychologist is an ideal clinician to seek initial consultation and psychological opinion. In the NHS clinical psychologists often work in a consultative manner and are referred the most complex cases due to these skills. This can save you time and money in the long run, ensuring you are either offered an appropriate therapy to meet your needs, or signposted to somewhere appropriate without needing to disclose your difficulties time and time again.
All clinical psychologists must train in at least two core evidence-based models of psychotherapy, but often train in many more. This can be advantageous in ensuring that you receive an integrated, flexible approach that is appropriate to your needs. It may also reduce the chance of you needing to change therapist mid-treatment. It can also be particularly helpful if you have received a model of therapy previously that hasn't worked.
The ethos of Four Oaks Psychology is to help individuals heal, energise, and become aware of their inner strengths. You do not need to have a diagnosed mental health condition to benefit from therapy. Psychological therapy is suitable for everyone and anyone and ultimately aims to help you thrive in life, no matter your past.
We promise to be there for you every step of your journey. Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space for individuals, families and couples, listening to your concerns, and customising an evidence-based, clinically informed treatment plan, tailored to your needs.