Finding a Registered Psychologist

All professional titled psychologists must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) in order to practice. HCPC regulate health, psychological and social work professionals and they set standards for professionals’ education, training and practice.

It’s very simple to check whether your psychologist is listed on the register and meets the high standards expected. Most importantly, you can be safe in the knowledge that all of our listed psychologists registered with the HCPC and meet the high standards you expect.

Unfortunately, titles outside the ones listed above are not protected.

Anyone can call themselves a psychologist, a neuropsychologist, a child psychologist, a therapist or a counsellor with very little training in comparison to the professionals listed on our site. Someone who has completed a short counselling course over a couple of days would likely have a very different approach to someone who has spent years training, developing and learning with supervision.

Likewise, those who have completed only an undergraduate degree in psychology can call themselves a psychologist and may not always hold the appropriate qualifications for what they are offering to the public. Psychology undergraduate degrees are not vocational, although some courses include sandwich years of work experience. Recently in the media, there has been growing concern and acknowledgement about people who have called themselves psychologists holding an undergraduate degree, and much debate as to whether they are appropriately qualified to be screening and offering mental health advice for contestants on reality television programmes, such as Love Island.

Psychologists listed on Find My Psychologist have at least an undergraduate degree and either a Masters degree or Doctorate degree (sometimes both; see individual profiles). Registered practitioner psychologists are required to complete several hours of Continued Professional Development (CPD) training each year so that their skills and knowledge are up to date and the assessment, treatment and models they engage with are evidenced-based and safe.

Other websites which help to regulate professional’s practice include the BABCP and the BACP. Some of our psychologists may also be listed on these websites if they have trained in certain approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Before committing to any work, it is always recommended that you take your time in finding the person that you feel is right to help you. If you have any questions about their training or approaches, do not hesitate to contact them and ask.

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