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Post by Bekahxo » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:52 pm

Hello, I'm Rebekah from Birmingham. I've recently just finished my psychology degree and am currently building up my experience within the mental health industry by working as a support worker in an intensive psychiatric rehabilitation hospital. Trying to build up enough experience to be accepted onto an assistant post within the next year. I'm also hoping to apply for a masters for extra academic credentials within the next year.

I'm your average 21 year old female and therefore love anything to do with shopping, clothes and make-up :P I love music and films also and going to the gym. I'm also subjected to watching/playing on an xbox thanks to my boyfriend and therefore have an unhealthy obsession playing crime games where i think I'm a detective solving murders haha :D

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Post by nono » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:00 pm

Hi :)

I've never noticed this thread before! I've been lurking around here for quite a long time but have only registered quite recently and I have only made a couple of posts before so here we go!

I'm 22 and I'm just a really down-to-earth person. I enjoy socialising, reading, going to the gym and chilling at home in my pjs, nothing special really :).

I graduated in 2012 and I'm finally getting used to the real world (still missing the student life though!)
I started my psychology experience in my second year of uni when I worked voluntarily as a Research Assistant for about 6 months. I spent my third year of uni working part-time as a Care Assistant across rehabilitation and Dementia units within a residential setting.
After graduation I've moved on to another residential setting where I've worked as a Support Worker for adults with ASD. I then gained my first ever AP post within a private AMH service and I have now been there for a few months. This post really made me realise how much I don't know and how many things I still need to learn before I ever make an application for the doctorate. I still feel like I'm learning something new every day.

In general I feel very very lucky to have been given so many opportunities in such a short period of time. This forum has been of help many times in the past and hopefully once I become more experienced I can contribute something useful too.

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Post by memifer » Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:27 pm


I'm new around here, and after lurking around for a while I've decided to take the plunge and sign up to this forum so I can join in and (hopefully) contribute something of value...or maybe not!

Anyway, I'm 'memifer' and I'm a recent psychology graduate. I've just completed my undergraduate studies in forensic psychology and criminal justice (wanted to keep my options open), but pretty early on during my degree I knew that I wanted to focus on the psychology side of things, so here I am, another aspiring clinical psychologist!

Prior to starting my degree I worked in a therapeutic service which is what inspired me to actually return to education at the age of 24 and give psychology a go. I have worked in various 'bottom of the NHS food chain' type jobs throughout my studies, and from these experiences I have been lucky enough to secure my first full time assistant psychologist post at the grand old age of 28 with minimal fuss.

I am planning on applying for the clinical course in this next 13/14 cycle, mainly with a view to get a taste of how the application process works, and who knows, I might just get lucky! But, being more realistic I think I need to get broaden my experiences a bit further so I'm doubtful that I will get on it first time around. I'm trying to avoid doing a masters degree as I really can't afford to do it, so I hoping that my 'first' plus any research experience I gain whilst working will make up for that (or am I just being incredibly naive?)

During the hours when I am not obsessing with my future career plans I can be found starting to make 'arty crafty' things, but rarely finishing them (jewellery, paper crafts, beading, sewing....you name it, I've probably got an unfinished project of it somewhere!) I am also into going to concerts and gigs with my rather lovely fiancé, and I'm trying to keep my inner bridezilla at bay whilst planning our forthcoming nuptials! I love animals, have three cats, and have a dangerous obsession with 1950's swing dresses and Irregular Choice shoes.

So this is me...Hello :D

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Post by Borrowed Cone » Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:19 pm

Welcome memifer, nono, Bekahxo and katherinef!

Do pop in and say hello in LiveChat from time to time!

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Post by Clinical Chris » Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:37 pm

Hi All,

I'm Chris. Apologies if I've introduced myself before. I joined here a few years ago and tried to use the site for a while, but have fallen away. I am now a newly qualifed Clinical Psychologist and will be attempted to get involved in the forum etc again!

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Post by snailboots » Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:39 pm

Hi everyone :)

I joined recently after lurking for a couple of years.

I'm 22 and a recent psychology graduate (graduation was last Friday - still can't believe it!) I'm going to miss being a student and getting up at 6pm without having to justify myself, but I'm looking forward to starting on my journey to becoming qualified.

Currently building my experience in Birmingham and thinking of applying to the Clinical Doctorate this year for the experience thought i don't think i have much chance of getting on at the moment! But who knows.

My passion after psychology is architecture. You can find me most nights watching re-runs of Grand Designs and perving on Kevin McCloud, or when I'm feeling really rebellious, visiting National Trust buildings. On my own.

Other than that I like general things like watching Dexter, going to bars/clubs, being around family and friends and walking my dogs. I'm also hoping to start blogging soon, as a I love writing.

I'd just like to say as well, thanks to everyone who makes ClinPsy what it is, I've found so many helpful posts on here :)

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Post by Randomswirls » Thu Oct 24, 2013 5:59 pm


I'm Camilla and I think I was a member when the forum started (I definately lurked)!! I then put my psychology ambitions to one side but over the last 18 months I've started to work towards them again.

I currently work as a Peer Support Worker and also as a Peer trainer at my local recovery college. It's been a very steep slightly awkward start but I am really enjoying it. I hope to apply for the doctorate next year and will thus try and gain as much experience as I can until then!

I never know how to word the who am I bit without sounding incredibly cringe worthy so now you are forewarned I shall attempt it! I love pink girly things, chocolate and cupcakes!! I enjoy travelling and wish I had more money to go to more places. I'm quite adventurous but also a big wimp when it comes to heights and so it goes on.

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Post by ell » Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:34 pm

Welcome to the forum, Clinical Chris, snailboots and randomswirls!

I hope you find lots of threads to interest you, and that you feel able to contribute lots to our growing ClinPsy community. Also, you are very welcome to come join us in LiveChat where all manner of psychology and non-psychology things are discussed.

See you round the board!

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Post by Anne1206 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:22 pm


I thought I’d introduce myself as well. I found this website a couple of months ago while trying to figure out how the (clinical) psychology system works in the UK.

I’m Anne and I’m currently a 3rd year psychology bachelor student in The Netherlands!
I moved to London age 18 after ‘A-levels’, worked there for a couple of years and just generally enjoyed life :)
I fell in love with the city (and a boy) but unfortunately had to go back home to study because tuition fees are so expensive!!
Anyway, still in love with both boy & city, I’m moving back in June after I graduate!
Finding the DClinPsy course was an extreme revelation, this is exactly what I want to do and finding an equivalent to the dutch system is nice, though you get there in such a different way!

I am excited to graduate but extremely TERRIFIED to move onto adult life with placements/internships/jobs etc (especially the finding/getting on part of things) in the psychology jungle in England as I have no clue whatsoever where to start (as compared to home where everything seems so logical and I don’t know anyone who’s doing it the same way as me).
This website has already been incredibly helpful, if not only to calm my nerves haha.

Onto the food part: I LOVE food, cooking & baking. Pizza and cakes are my favourites. Pasta, soup (love soup, especially in the winter) and ice cream are not bad either. And rum. And music, going out, films, series (I watch way too many), artsy things and not finishing them, pinterest for great ideas, reading and sunshine.

Well that was it I guess! I hope I can contribute to the forum a bit, while still a bit in the dark with things :)

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Post by ell » Tue Nov 05, 2013 3:29 am

Welcome Anne! You'll fit right in here, I am sure. I watch too many series too! I think there'll be lots of threads you will find useful, and feel free to contribute.

Good luck with degree!

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Post by TomW » Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:47 pm

Good evening from Granada!

I'm a brand new shiny member to the forum, so greetings to all and everyone. I´ll start by saying what a goldmine this place is proving to be, so many thanks to those who keep it going and of course to its members who, from what I have read over the last 48hrs since stumbling in, provide excellent insight and advice!

I'm a 29 year old English teacher, currently working in Granada, Spain. I've been teaching for about 4 years now and prior to coming to Spain, I worked for 2 years in Vietnam´s northern capital, Hanoi. As much as I love teaching (I do!) I can't see it being my life career and have recently been preoccupied with establishing myself on a different career path - one which has more opportunities for personal development than teaching English!

Back in the day, 10 years ago this month in fact, I actually studied a joint Psychology degree with Media Communication, (I know, I know!). I absolutely loved Psychology, I didn't take enough modules to take it anywhere, and besides, the modules I did take I did fairly bad in! Therefore, this week I've been eyeing up a couple of distance Psychology degrees - OU and Derby. I'll post a question about that choice, also ;)

Long term (the next 8/9 years) I hope to gravitate towards Forensic Psychology, undertaking a MSc. after (hopefully) bagging a first-class in Psychology and then go onto placed training. Following a few years of experience doing that, I'd like to then go onto tackle the ClinPsy training....;)

So. Here I am looking into the murky darkness, fumbling around for a few guiding hands.

*A query - viewtopic.php?f=6&t=16677 !

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Post by sarahg » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:24 am

Welcome to the forum Tom, I hope you the forum useful!
Good luck in your journey :)

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Post by pantsbeforesocks » Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:49 pm


I notice that nobody has posted in this thread for a while, but thought I would finally get on here and join in properly by introducing myself - something I've been meaning to do for a while now.

The forum has been really helpful to me, especially when I was an undergraduate and was desperately searching for answers as to how one even attempts to become a clinical psychologist, so thank you to everybody who has contributed to it. I will attempt to contribute myself, but I do sometimes feel intimidated by the fact that a lot of members of this forum are many times better-informed and more knowledgable than me!

A bit about myself: I graduated in 2011 and after 6 months honorary AP work I gained a part-time paid RA position, which I did alongside work running Cognitive Stimulation Therapy groups for service users with dementia. The RA position is finishing at the end of the month and I am excited about what I will do/learn next. I have applied for the doctorate this year, but am not very confident that I have a chance of getting an interview, so have treated it as application practice for future years!

I hope to get a bit more involved in the forum (once I get the hang of it) so hello all!

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Post by philly » Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:27 pm

I guess I should write on here too! I've just crept up on the forum I think.

I've been a spectator for a couple years, only really started posting in recent months. Mainly since taking over the co-ordination of the Berkshire AP Group (I think thats why I did my first post because someone was asking about it...)

Anyways, HI! I'm a 24 yr old AP from and currently living in Surrey (on border to Berks + Hants), working in Berkshire. Previously worked for CAMHS, I currently work on a CAMHS link programme for LAC with the local authority. Previously I spent a while as HCA and then TA working in a secure unit, most of my experience is with children and adolescents. Also did an HAP undergrad placement with EIP. Also graduated in 2011, applying for clin psych for the first time this year :D

I've recently been finding the live chats really useful, also looking forward to / EXTREMELY nervous about the norotious progress threads starting soon. So you may see way more or way less of me around that time depending on how I do :P

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Post by Randall » Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:33 pm

pantsbeforesocks wrote:Hello!
I gained a part-time paid RA position, which I did alongside work running Cognitive Stimulation Therapy groups for service users with dementia.
Hey there! Great to have you on board...although it sounds like you have been lurking for some time! :lol:

Where did you do the CST research? I too have worked on an RCT looking at carer involvement in CST....What was your research looking at? I know a few people who worked on establishing the Maintenance sessions, which the 'Making a Difference book 2' focuses on :) CST is a great intervention, especially in upholding the person behind the diagnosis :D

Hey Philly! I too, am looking forward to the Progress Thread...But at the moment, I am a bit more relaxed than usual...Good luck with it all

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