From Sergeant To Psychologist….The Story So Far

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. This week’s guest is a very special account of Tamara Brabazon-Taylor who went from being a Sergeant in the police force at a very young age to being DIAGNOSED WITH PTSD to being a Trainee Forensic Psychologist. This is her incredible story as she aims to help anyone that feels like a FAILURE in this crazy career path. We hope you enjoy this article as much as we did.

How To Get Back Into A Career In Psychology

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. Lately, we have received many requests to write an article for those career changers who aspire to be psychologists. This can be a very confusing and scary time in a person’s life when they are considering changing careers! This was one of the motivators for us to write this article to help those experiencing this. Within this post, we will explore the 3 main steps you need to take to transition from your current field, into the world of Psychology.

Why A Plan To Get Onto The Doctorate Will FAIL!

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. This week’s article is one that we have been waiting to release as we believe it is something every Psych Student and Graduates needs to read. Our hope is that this article will alleviate some of the anxieties you may have about getting ahead in this crazy career path. This article is all about Why A Plan to Get onto The Doctorate Will Fail.  

Diary Of A Forensic PWP

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. We have a truly SPECIAL article for you today and one that is very unique. This week’s guest article is by Sarah-Jayne Holmes who is a PWP working within the prison services. Now we don’t know about you, but we have never heard of PWP’s working in these types of environments so this story really stood out for us. Within this article, Sarah gives you a brief insight into her daily life as a Psych Grad working therapeutically within an unfamiliar setting. We hope you enjoy this one as much as we did. 

Is PWP The Most Secure Route For Psychology Graduates?

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. Last week, we released an article discussing what Psychology Graduates should expect within a Trainee PWP interview. Since we released that article, we have been inundated with messages on whether or not Psychology Graduates should pursue Trainee PWP roles or Assistant Psychologist roles. This gave us the inspiration to show our readers the potential career progression within the IAPT service if you did want to remain as a PWP.  

What To Expect In A Trainee PWP Interview

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. Ok so it’s coming to that time of year again, where you might start to see an influx of Trainee PWP positions ready to start in September. Now for some of you, you may have applied before and received an interview but due to not being prepared, fell short of getting a place. Nevertheless, as always, PsychAssist is here to help! Within this post, we will explore What to Expect in A Trainee PWP Interview.

The Benefits of Research Experience

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. Lately we have received lots of messages on Social Media from Psych Student/Grads asking whether they should be looking to gain to research experience. Research experience comes in many forms and within this article; we will break down The Benefits of Research Experience.

Lessons from An Autistic Psychologist

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. We have a very special guest post this week and a story that has moved us to tears. This is the story of Yusuf Jivan a CBT Therapist from London who was diagnosed with AUTISM late in his adult life. Yusuf has overcome so many hardships and struggles to get to where he is today. Hurdles such as watching his father turn from an enthusiatic and vibrant man to a bitter shell of the former due to physical illness. Yusuf wrote this article to help any Psych Grad/Student who have been told they aren’t good enough to succeed, to show them that they can achieve in life. We hope you enjoy this special guest post as much as we have……

Does the NHS Pay Rise Mean the End of Clinical Psychology Training?

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. The past couple of weeks we have received many questions from ASPIRING psychologists enquiring about the new NHS pay rise for staff. The main concerns people had, were the potential implication this could have on the current funded places on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate course. This is something that we have actually thought about and therefore we thought we would gain the opinions of Qualified Psychologists. Within this post, we will explore whether the new NHS pay rise for staff means the end of funded Clinical Psychology Doctorate places.

The Biggest Regrets of The Top Psychologists!

Recently we spoke with one of our Clinical Psychologist friends and we got into quite a DEEP discussion around regrets. The responses were INCREDIBLE and EYE OPENING! We are so thrilled that these people were kind enough to take time out to give us such an amazing insight and lessons.

Why A 2:2 Should Never Hold You Back! Against The Odds…

Hello and WELCOME TO PSYCHASSIST! We at PsychAssist receive lots of messages each week from ASPIRING PSYCHOLOGISTS on how they can get ahead in a career in psychology. Increasingly, many Psych Grads/Students reach out to us saying how their careers are over before they’ve even started due to a 2:2 at UNDERGRADUATE. This gave us an idea to call in an INCREDIBLE and INSPIRATIONAL person to do a guest post, to ultimately disprove the MYTH! that you need at least a 2:1 to get a head in psychology. Meet Dr Ruth Tully! From having a child with cerebral palsy during her A Levels and getting a 2:2 at undergraduate, to running a very successful psychological service. Within this post, we take a look at her journey. Still think your 2:2 will hold you back?

The Best Kept Secret Psych Grads Don’t Know About!

Hello and WELCOME to another great article by PsychAssist. Over the past couple of weeks, we have received loads of messages from Psych Students and Psych Grads asking about any secret hints and tips some of the top psychologists in the country have used to get ahead. This initially seemed Ludacris as there wasn’t one simple trick to get a head in psychology; however, we did notice a pattern from top psychologists and one attribute was always evident. Within this post, we will give you that one skill that’s needed for you to get a head in psychology. I guess the secrets out!

So What Is Formulation and How Do Psychologists Use It?

Hello and welcome to another great article by PsychAssist. Recently we have had many Psych Students and Grads ask us about this “scary thing” called Formulation and more specifically how to use it. This is a topic we grappled with for many years until it was broken down by a Clinical Psychologist once we had entered the working world. This apparent scary and “very professional” topic was actually not as daunting it seemed and this is exactly why we at PsychAssist would like to show you (in basic terms) what Formulation is and how you already Use it every day.

Why You’re Failing as A Psychology Graduate in 2018

Have you got to 2018 as a Psych Grad and are still struggling to get your foot in the door? You’re not alone as there are hundreds of graduates in the same boat. However have you ever thought that maybe, just maybe it’s something you’re doing (or not doing) that’s contributing to this. Within this post we will explore 4 reasons Why You’re Failing as A Psych Grad along with practical tips on how you can make 2018 the best year yet.

4 Things Every Assistant Psychologist Should know

Recently, we at PsychAssist have received a large number of messages, particularly from new Assistant Psychologists, asking for our advice on what they need to know as AP’s. This sparked an idea for an article as every Psychology Graduates dreams of landing an Assistant Psychologist job; however once they achieve this, they develop a sudden onset of Imposter Syndrome. Within this post we aim to explore the 4 things every new Assistant Psychologists should know before they begin this chapter of their lives. Hopefully you pick up some tips that will help you develop into the clinician we know you’re capable of being.


If you haven’t heard already, ITS CLINICAL DOCTORATE APPLICATION SEASON, and here at PsychAssist were on a mission to give all you Doctorate hopefuls all the information you need. Now this post was one we have waited a long time to publish. Over the years, we have heard some absolutely outrageous MYTHS by Psychology Graduates who one day hopes to get onto clinical training. We therefore decided to, once and for all, get rid of the myths frequently told to Psychology Graduates about getting onto the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Course. So here are just a few that we have heard; I guarantee you’ve heard some of these as well.

So What do PWP’s Actually Do?

This is a question I hear more and more Psychology Graduates ask me. This is the job role that would be ideal for any Graduate looking to put all the learnt theory into practice; however UNIVERSITIES DON’T PROMOTE THIS JOB ROLE ENOUGH in my opinion. I remember when I first decided I wanted to pursue a career in Psychology; I thought my days would consist of seeing clients and then formulating what they needed for the next session. I was shocked that it took me A WHOLE YEAR OUT OF UNIVERSITY to find such a job role that I could have jumped into straight away without needing a doctorate. If you’re interested in knowing what this magical job role consists of then read below on WHAT PWP’s ACTUALLY DO.

The Worst things about being an Assistant Psychologist

For years I have heard many graduates say “you need to get an Assistant Psychologist role” and always view these posts as the be all and end all. I have been an Assistant Psychologist for years and granted it has been very rewarding and amazing at times. Nevertheless, no job is perfect so I thought I would write a post about the Worst Things about being an Assistant Psychologist that may help inform your decision when applying for these roles.

5 Application Mistakes by Psychology Graduates

This is a post that has been bubbling for a while. I’ve asked every psychologist I know within my trust and other trusts about the common mistakes they see in applications from Support Workers to Assistant Psychologist. A lot of the mistakes outlined below can easily be rectified and hopefully land you that all important relevant job role. Do you recognise any of these common mistakes in your application?

5 Myth Busters for Psychology Graduates 

There are lots of myths for psychology graduates. Things like “you need an MSc to get an AP role” or “I haven’t got a chance of getting anything in Psychology as I graduate from… University”. Have you ever heard of the 5 myths in this post? Since I graduated back in 2014, I have heard so many things from different graduates that I previously thought where true. Things like “you need an MSc to get an AP role” or “I haven’t got a chance of getting anything in Psychology as I graduates from….University”. Have you ever heard of the 5 myths below?

So you got a 2:2, Now What?

Got a 2:2 and worrying your psychology career is over before it’s begun? YOU CAN DO A LOT WITH A 2:2!! Click in and know how we overcame our 2:2!

Timeline of a Psychology Graduate

Are you a Psychology Student? Have you recently graduated? Do you want to know the typical career stages and timeline for a psychologist?

7 Themes in any Assistant Psychologist Interview

Have you ever wondered what kinds of questions are asked in an Assistant Psychologist interview? This is a HUGE issue for many Psych Grads across the country. Within this post we will explore the 7 Common Themes in any Assistant Psychologist Interview.

5 Tips on Getting that Assistant Psychologist Job

Do you want to know the 5 tips that every employer is looking for when hiring an Assistant Psychologist?I have identified 5 recurring tips that have helped many psychology graduates get that all-important Assistant post. Now the only question is, are you ready for the next level?