About Dr Jo McColl
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 23 years of clinical experience within the NHS and more recently within private practice. 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.
I have worked in the NHS as a qualified clinical psychologist since 2001 within various adult mental health teams and services. Since 2010 I was a Consultant Clinical Psychologist 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 worked in the independent sector since 2018.
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)
bereavement / grief
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.
The Wellbeing Rooms
I am a co-founder and co-director of a therapeutic wellbeing service in Bearsden which opened in February 2020. I offer clinical psychology sessions from this newly refurbished venue which is called 'The Wellbeing Rooms'. It offers room rental to a variety of professional practitioners in the Bearsden area and hosts a number of different wellbeing and health services. You can find out more about this service at www.thewellbeingrooms.org.uk