About Dr Jo McColl

I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 21 years of clinical experience within the NHS, and I have worked within private practice since 2018.  I am a friendly, down to earth and compassionate therapist currently offering private clinical psychology sessions within the Glasgow area.  I have a wide range of experience and have worked across the spectrum of mental health presentations of differing levels of severity, from mild / moderate to severe and enduring mental health difficulties. 

Clinical Experience

I have worked in the NHS as a qualified clinical psychologist since 2001 within various adult mental health teams and services. I have been a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the past 8 years within a specialist NHS Psychological Trauma Service, delivering evidence based psychological interventions for trauma, particularly with people with a history of childhood sexual abuse.

I have lengthy experience of working with various presentations including:

  • ​anxiety (including panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety, health anxiety)

  • depression / low mood

  • trauma presentations (e.g., post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Complex PTSD)

  • eating disorders

  • adjustment disorders

  • relationship difficulties

  • bereavement / grief

  • addictions

This list is certainly not exhaustive so please give me a call if there is something that you think I can help you with.

Training and qualifications

 

I graduated with a first class BSc honours degree in Psychology from The University of Glasgow in 1997.  I then completed a 3 year postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, graduating from The University of Glasgow in 2001. 

 

I am a member of the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC number PYL24099) and I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society.  The HCPC is the regulatory body for all clinical psychologists and membership of this demonstrates that I have the appropriate qualifications and experience to practice as a clinical psychologist and that I meet the HCPC high standards of training, education, conduct, ethics and professional skills.

 

It is important to note that the term 'Clinical Psychologist' is a protected title which means that I meet these very high standards for practice, whereas the terms 'psychologist', 'counsellor' and 'psychotherapist' are not protected titles and can be used by anyone.

The HCPC protects the public by ensuring these standards are consistently met. There is a publicly searchable record (here) so you can check that any therapist is appropriately qualified and adhere to the HCPC standards. 

Chartership from the British Psychological Society is a hallmark for clinical psychologists who have met the BPS's high standards for education and training. The title of Chartered Psychologist is legally recognised and reflects only the highest standard of psychological knowledge and expertise.

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