The Health Professions Council (HPC)
You might be surprised to know that anyone can call themselves a psychologist or say they offer psychological therapy. Only HCPC registered Clinical Psychologists have completed a minimum of six years training in working with children and adults. If you want to see a highly trained specialist in mental health or psychological problems, it is important to look out for ‘Clinical Psychologist’ not simply ‘psychologist’. It is a criminal offence to use the term Clinical Psychologist unless you have completed this doctoral level qualification.
The HCPC establishes minimum standards of proficiency, conduct, performance and ethics for lawful, safe and effective practice and acts to protect the public from poor or abusive practice by healthcare professionals. If you are not happy with the treatment a Clinical Psychologist provides you can complain to the HCPC.