The therapists who work in Fife Clinical psychology Department are health professionals experienced in assessment and therapy. They include clinical psychologists (the majority), cognitive-behavioural therapists, health psychologists, counselling psychologists and primary care psychologists. All are trained to apply their knowledge of psychology in practical ways to help people with personal, emotional or health-related problems.
Clinical, counselling, health and primary care psychologists all have an honours degree in psychology. Following this they undertake a further degree. For example, Clinical Psychologists complete a three year doctorate in Clinical Psychology, which includes training in a variety of therapeutic models with a range of patient groups and Primary Care Psychologists complete a one year MSc in Psychological Therapies working with adults and children and young people in Primary Care. Cognitive-behavioural therapists come from a range of professional backgrounds, e.g. nursing. They have undertaken specific training in the cognitive-behavioural approaches to working with adults in psychological distress.
Information about Clinical Psychology training and qualifications can be found on the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology website.
Details of the East of Scotland training can be found on the University of Edinburgh Doctorate in Clinical Psychology website.
Details of the training of Cognitive-Behavioural therapists are given on the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists website.