What is Psychology?

Psychology is an ancient Greek term for the study of the mind and is represented by the symbol psi, hence the use of psi in the practice logo. The practice of psychology is an integration of science, theory and clinical knowledge to help understand, prevent, and reduce psychological distress, as well as to enhance and promote well-being and personal development. Psychologists hold a protected title and are bound by professional codes of conduct. Part of the professional doctoral training in psychology is the practice of psychological therapy (known as “talking therapies”), which is the basis of treatment.

Psychologists differ from psychiatrists in that psychiatrists tend to manage mental health difficulties through the prescription of medication, whereas psychologists work solely through the application of talking therapies to help people identify the sources of their problems and help to address them. Other professionals such as counsellors and psychotherapists are also able to deliver talking therapies, however the unique strengths of psychologists are:

  • training in multiple models of therapy enabling more individualised treatment
  • doctoral level training, including research methods
  • statutory regulation by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC. See www.hcpc-uk.org)

Psychologists work in a variety of contexts, e.g. with individuals, organisations and the courts. They work according to best practice guidelines such as those produced by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), the Department of Health and the British Psychological Society (BPS. See www.bps.org.uk). Their practice is governed by the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics of the Health & Care Professions Council.

Waldweg im Frühjahr, forest track in spring

Psychology is an ancient Greek term for the study of the mind and is represented by the symbol psi Ψ, hence the use of psi in the practice logo.

Our Psychologists

Dr Anna Pullen, Registered Clinical Psychologist, BSc(Hons), MSc, DClinPsych, CPsychol

Anna was raised in Marlow and having graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Psychology from London University, she obtained a Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University of East London in 2002 (DClinPsych).  She has 17 years experience working as a psychologist within the NHS, where she has worked across a range of clinical settings and services with people across the lifespan, presenting with a diversity of needs and difficulties.  Anna currently works as a Principal Clinical Psychologist and Service Lead within an NHS district general hospital in London. 

Anna is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) (Registration No. 075427) and is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (Registration No. PYL20387).  She is trained to work using evidence based approaches in accordance with NICE guidelines.  This means her predominant approach is CBT, however she has experience of using a number of therapeutic approaches and integrates these according to individual needs and preferences.

As part of the professional requirements of psychologists’ regulatory bodies (BPS & HCPC), Anna receives regular supervision from a more senior practitioner, in order to maintain safe and quality practice.  She is also an experienced clinical supervisor, obtaining a postdoctoral certificate in clinical supervision from Bristol University and offers professional supervision to other HCPC registered practitioner psychologists and healthcare professionals.

Other highly experienced associate psychologists will be joining the practice soon……