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by astra
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: Experience in private practice
Replies: 3
Views: 1881

Re: Experience in private practice

As a private practitioner I struggle to think how I could use an assistant. There's lots of admin type stuff they could usefully do, but as I rent a single room to practice from I wouldn't have anywhere to put an AP. I wouldn't want someone having remote access to my practice details and so on, so I...
by astra
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: Where in the world can a UK ClinPsych work?
Replies: 3
Views: 2092

Re: Where in the world can a UK ClinPsych work?

I can understand that sense of loyalty and debt, but in reality, sometimes people qualify and can't find jobs in their area. I was unemployed for a few months after training and unable to relocate and I know of others who had it worse. why should we feel obligated to stay in the NHS if the NHS has n...
by astra
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: Do you ever feel like you are being steered along?
Replies: 3
Views: 1907

Re: Do you ever feel like you are being steered along?

I really suspect it has more to do with the complexity of the human mind. The stuff we're consciously aware of is only a small proportion of what is going on most of the time for most of us. I find I can have great intentions around diet and exercise, but some mystery force guides me to the fridge, ...
by astra
Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: Any Tips for a Nervous Driver?
Replies: 4
Views: 2365

Re: Any Tips for a Nervous Driver?

I've never felt like that but I do work with a lot of people who feel anxious after a road accident. Without assessing you and formulating the problem I can't really help you specifically. The usual treatment when this follows an accident is to learn some mindfulness and relaxation strategies, proce...
by astra
Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Application Process
Topic: 'If there are any other factors relevant...' question
Replies: 7
Views: 3920

Re: 'If there are any other factors relevant...' question

If it made a difference to your grades that year, mention it. You can always elaborate at interview if needed.
by astra
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Clinical Issues
Topic: "Not Psychodynamically Minded"
Replies: 5
Views: 3012

Re: "Not Psychodynamically Minded"

Not been on ClinPsy for yonks and this is the first post I find with Spatch's perfect response! keep writing Spatch and I'll keep popping back.
by astra
Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: Psyhotherapist working as expert witness??
Replies: 5
Views: 3377

Re: Psyhotherapist working as expert witness??

I think the bottom line here is that to be recognised as an expert the courts and legal system have their own benchmarks and when it comes to assessment of trauma or any other mental health issue, that means Chartered Psychologist or Psychiatrist. Without the recognised qualification it's highly unl...
by astra
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Application Process
Topic: Courses that value clinical experience more than academics
Replies: 2
Views: 3114

Re: Courses that value clinical experience more than academi

Last I knew a high 2:1 was sufficient academically to get on training anywhere really. With a good amount of clinical experience and ability to reflect well on it, I would not imagine you'd need to boost your academic credentials further. I might be a little out of touch but that was my understandin...
by astra
Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Professional/Employment Issues
Topic: Future of clinical psychologists in NHS & private
Replies: 5
Views: 3693

Re: Future of clinical psychologists in NHS & private

There are jobs advertised in NHS all the time, may not be your choice of location or specialty, but there are jobs. There is a huge growth in demand for private psychologists too. I am now full time in private practice in a moderately deprived city and am turning work away as I don't have enough hou...
by astra
Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Application Process
Topic: Deferral of place
Replies: 5
Views: 3897

Re: Deferral of place

People defer for lots of reasons, health, pregnancy, bereavement etc. Talk to the course and see what they say. You've still got several weeks before you start, so some good self care now may be enough to get you through.
by astra
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: Selling photographs
Replies: 4
Views: 3114

Re: Selling photographs

My brother does wood turning in his spare time and has an etsy site for selling items. He gets invited to craft fairs on the back of this and has been commissioned to make items for restaurants and hotels occasionally.
by astra
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Clinical Issues
Topic: Methods of dealing with your own emotions in therapy
Replies: 2
Views: 2474

Re: Methods of dealing with your own emotions in therapy

When I worked in a team, it was always simply the case that if someone had had a tough session, they would seek out a trusted colleague and have a chat to process things. There was always time for this in the past but as I got towards the end of my time in the NHS everyone was seeing people almost b...
by astra
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .
Replies: 9108
Views: 1605523

Re: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .

1. procrastinating today as I have a tricky report to write, everyone is out of the house, and I have the whole morning to get on with it. 2. Do not know what to make of the election result - all I know is I must stop reading the comments on articles and Facebook posts! So much hate in the world. 3....
by astra
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Application Process
Topic: Clinical Experience Abroad?
Replies: 1
Views: 1945

Re: Clinical Experience Abroad?

When I've been involved in selection for the course I've always been interested in the variety of ways people gain their experience. Working abroad helps you see other cultures and healthcare systems and broadens your views on the world, plus if you get to work with marginalised and disadvantaged gr...
by astra
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: Career Changer - and an old one at that!
Replies: 6
Views: 4364

Re: Career Changer - and an old one at that!

I do think that older aspiring clinical psychs have different challenges to the younger ones. Certainly for me having a marriage, a mortgage and a 2 year old child at the beginning of training made my experience very different from the rest of my cohort. People got married, bought houses and one or ...