Professional Standards

What are Clinical Psychologists?

Clinical psychologists aim to reduce psychological distress and to enhance and promote psychological well-being. They deal with mental and physical health problems including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, addictions and relationships. Clinical psychologists deal with both adults and children but usually specialise in working with one or the other. All Chartered Clinical Psychologists have completed a three year post-graduate training programme that equips them with the specialist knowledge and therapeutic skills needed to treat problems across the life span.

How are Clinical Psychologists Regulated?

The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychology in the United Kingdom. The society aims to raise standards in the training and practice of psychology and to provide standards to protect members of the public. All members of the society have to adhere to a Code of Conduct and can be subject to disciplinary procedures if they break this code.

The BPS operates a Register of Chartered Psychologists which contains the details of all psychologists who have been judged ‘fit to practice psychology without supervision’. In order to continue to practice in Clinical Psychology all Chartered Clinical Psychologists must undertake appropriate ongoing training, development and updating of their skills.

In 2009 Clinical Psychologists became regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council which is established to protect the public. They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards for training, professional skills, behaviour and health.

What is Group Analysis?

The Institute of Group Analysis defines Group Analysis as focussing “on the relationship between the individual and the group, emphasising the essentially social nature of human experience. It is an interactive approach and has many applications in the field of human relations, teaching, training and organisational consultancy. The method and theory of group analysis is concerned with a dynamic understanding of the inner working of the human mind as a social, multi-personal phenomenon and as such can be applied to groups, individuals, couples, families and applied groups.”
All Group Analysts have undergone a specialist professional training in Group Analysis consisting of a tripartite structure of academic theory, supervised clinical practice and personal therapy. It is usual for this training to take at least five years.

How are Group Analysts regulated?

All Members of the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) have undergone a professional training in psychotherapy, which is recognised by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The IGA is a member of UKCP, which maintains standards for the profession in the UK. All members of the IGA subscribe to a code of ethics and good practice.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Dr Gwyn Carter


Dr Gwyn Carter is an Associate Fellow of the BPS (membership – 018146), a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and registered with the HCPC (PYL03183), and is also a member of the following bodies:

  • The Division of Clinical Psychology (a division of the BPS)
  • Faculty for Children and Young People (a faculty of the BPS)
  • Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Association of Child Psychologists in Private Practice
  • EMDR Association United Kingdom and Ireland

Mr David Carter

Mr David Carter is an Associate Fellow of the BPS (membership – 018371) and a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and registered with the HCPC (PYL03179). He is also a member of the following bodies:

  • The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy – number 02118008
  • The Institute of Group Analysis, London
  • The Division of Clinical Psychology (a division of the BPS)
  • Dr Carter and Mr Carter both have recent Enhanced DBS checks