What are the psychological professions?

The psychological professions (PPs) are a diverse group of professionals whose work is informed by the disciplines of psychology and psychological therapy. They provide a wide range of interventions across all health and mental health care settings and across all age ranges from pre-conception to end of life.

There are a number of different psychological professionals working in the NHS:

  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Forensic Psychologists
  • Counselling Psychologists
  • Health Psychologists
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapists
  • Adult Psychotherapists
  • Counsellors
  • Child & Adolescent Psychotherapists
  • Systemic Family Therapists
  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners
  • Children’s Wellbeing Practitioners
  • Education Mental Health Practitioners
  • Assistant Psychologists
  • Associate Psychological practitioners

  1. Put people first:
    • We commit to putting the needs and voices of people at the heart of everything we do and to treating service users, carers, families and staff with kindness, empathy, openness, respect and dignity.
  2. Help our communities to thrive:
    • We commit to developing healthy, thriving communities, with a more psychologically informed public.
  3. Make all health and care psychological
    • We commit to embedding psychological knowledge and practice across the health and care system so it is better able to meet all of a person's needs - psychological, physical and social.
  4. Unite and increase diversity in the psychological professions
    • We commit to the psychological professions becoming a united force with a strong and diverse voice, working collaboratively with other professionals of all disciplines.
  5. Transform and innovate
    • We commit to using our evidence and expertise boldly to innovate and improve what we do.