Finding a qualified professional can feel like a bit of a minefield,
but there are professional bodies whose sole purpose is to promote professionalism in psychology and health professions, therefore finding a professional who is
registered with such organisations gives you the peace of mind that you have found a professional who is qualified to their rigorous standards.
The British Psychological Society promotes excellence and ethical practice in the science, education and practical applications of psychology. As an Associate Fellow of the society (AFBPsS) I have achieved Chartered status through my training, as well as post-Charter experience.
It is possible to check my professional status through the British Psychological Societies Website –
In order to use the title “Registered Psychologist” or “Counselling Psychologist,” a professional is required to meet the standards set by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and register with this professional body. This involves completing a Doctorate (or equivalent) in an applied discipline of psychology such as Counselling Psychology that has been approved by the HCPC. The HCPC (formally known as the Health Professions Council HPC) was set up to protect the public and it aims to do this, by keeping a register of professionals who meet their standards for training, professional skills and behaviour.
It is possible to ensure that I am a registered member of the HCPC via the online register on their website -