Clinical psychologists doing psychotherapy?

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dreamer14
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Clinical psychologists doing psychotherapy?

Post by dreamer14 » Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:57 pm

Hi everyone,

I am starting the clinical doctorate in October and am forward thinking a bit (OK, a lot!) about the path I want to take following qualification. Though my passion is CP because I love that I will have opportunities to work with such diverse caseloads and in such a variety of different settings, using different models to best suit the client. However I am also really interested in psychotherapy. I was wondering if anyone has any experience, working as a CP, doing psychotherapy or within a psychotherapy service? Is there much room for CPs when, I would expect, psychotherapy services would want someone with expert knowledge of that model in depth? How do you find it, enjoyable or hard to adapt? Additionally, any comments on psychotherapy placements as a trainee would be good, or comments from clinicians who have done both CP training and psychotherapy training on top of that.

Thanks!

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Re: Clinical psychologists doing psychotherapy?

Post by ell » Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:59 pm

Hi dreamer,

Psychotherapy is an umbrella term for all different types of psychological or talking therapy. This is a core (though not sole) part of the CP role. I wonder if you were thinking of psychodynamic psychotherapy?

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Re: Clinical psychologists doing psychotherapy?

Post by dreamer14 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:46 am

ell wrote:Hi dreamer,

Psychotherapy is an umbrella term for all different types of psychological or talking therapy. This is a core (though not sole) part of the CP role. I wonder if you were thinking of psychodynamic psychotherapy?
Hi there,

Yes sorry - in the service I currently work in there is a direct difference between CPs and Psychotherapists and now that I have looked into it more closely I believe the Psychotherapists largely use attachment-based psychotherapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Any more information on CPs working with these models would be much appreciated!

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Re: Clinical psychologists doing psychotherapy?

Post by Toria » Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:26 pm

Hi,

Lots of CPs offer psychodynamic psychotherapy and complete further specialist therapy training as a qualified CP. Doctorate courses also often offer a psychodynamic therapy placement as a third year specialist placement option.

All the best with starting training!

Toria
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