What It’s Like Being A Support Worker With Little Support…Kiera’s Story

Hello and WELCOMEto PsychAssist. This week’s article comes from Kiera Frost who as of last August, was a support worker within a private hospital. She followed the same route as most hopeful psychology graduates; however, faced many extreme challenges during her time as a support worker. This is a perfect example of how working within a service with very little support can have an effect on your mental health. This is part of Kiera’s story of What It’s Like Being A Support Worker With Little Support.

Why The Clinical Doctorate Isn’t For Me….Serkan’s Story

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. Recently, our friend Serkan has gone through a huge transition in his life. He decided to no longer pursue the CLINICAL DOCTORATE! However, his reasoning is quite a sound when you take into consideration his thought processes. This is why within his article, he explains why he came to this decision and why others should consider the same.

3 University Tricks That Got Me To The Doctorate!

Hello and WELCOMEto PsychAssist. As you may have heard, I have recently got onto a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology. This means that many Psychology Students have started asking about tricks and tips for when they are studying and if there are any ways to ensure getting the top grades. Well, this made us think about all the things we have done to get good grades whilst at University. This week we’ll explore the 3 University tricks that got me to the doctorate.  

Everything You Need To Include In A Doctorate Personal Statement

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. As you may be aware of, it’s getting close to the end of application season. Many hopefuls may have already sent off their applications however, there are many who are still stuck on one pesky element of the application. THE PERSONAL STATEMENT! That is why we thought we’d lend a hand on Everything You Need To Include In A Doctorate Personal Statement. Now we know there are many things that you need to include and every university is different, however, there are 3 main themes that, if you include will boost your chances. Good luck to everyone who is applying.

What Other Psychology Doctorates Can I Do?

Hello & WELCOME to PsychAssist. We receive a lot of messages from psychology graduates who are aspiring to get onto the Clinical Psychology Doctorate course. As you know, getting onto this type of doctorate is SUPER competitive and sadly not everyone will get a place. However, have you ever thought about different options of doctorates that could give you the same competencies as the clinical doctorate?  Within this article, we explore the different options psychology graduates have instead of the clinical psychology doctorate course.

Why You Should Never Sacrifice Your Mental Health For Mental Health Services

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. This week we have an article from a former mental health support worker who left their job to save their struggling mental health. The individual who wishes to remain anonymous discusses their experience as a support worker in an adult inpatient unit. This has to be one of the most eye-opening articles that we have ever published!

How To Get An Assistant Psychologist Job With NO Experience

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. We receive lots of messages from Psychology Graduates asking how they could land their first Assistant Psychologist job? Often, they will say things like “I don’t have any AP experience” or “How do you get experience without having experience?” We know how stressful this can be so we thought we could lend a hand in this department. This is why we thought we’d give you some secret tips on how you can get an Assistant Psychologist job without having experience.

What It’s Really Like Working In An Inpatient Hospital!

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. This week we have another great entry by Serkan all about his experience of going from an HCA to an ASSISTANT PSYCHOLOGIST within an adult inpatient service. Serkan gives some really amazing tips for Psychology graduates who wish to pursue a career in mental health all from his own experiences of working within the field. This truly is an amazing article!

The Pros & Cons Of A Permanent Contract

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. We know that one of the struggles of being a Psychology Graduate is the constant shifting of job roles and populations. We get told on a regular basis that in order to get onto a Psychology Doctorate course, you must have experience in many different populations. However, what about those who managed to bag a little bit of security by gaining a permanent contract? I mean, what happened to being an inch wide and a mile deep? Why is there such scarcity when it comes to employers giving psychology graduates permanent contracts? This is why we thought we’d explore the Pros & Cons of a permanent contract and whether this should be the way forward for our profession.

Why I Chose Health Psychology Instead of Clinical!

Hello and WELCOMEto PsychAssist! Recently we have been asked on many occasions as to why I decided to pursue the Health Psychology Doctorate instead of the Clinical Doctorate. This was a very unexpected decision on my part, however, something that has completely opened my eyes to a whole new world. This is why I wanted to share the reasons why I chose the road less travelled.

Life Of A Psychology Graduate: Serkan’s Story

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. Since we started this journey of providing valuable information to Psychology Graduates, we have often received messages about how difficult the journey can be. Since one of the PsychAssist team got onto the doctorate we thought it might be good to bring you weekly updates from a Psychology Graduate on his journey through this crazy career path. Meet Serkan! He’s a psychology graduate with an MSc! He will provide updates on his journey but for the time being, here’s a little introduction to who he is….

What They Don’t Tell You About Getting Onto A Doctorate

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. As you may already know, one of the PsychAssist team has recently been accepted onto a psychology doctorate. This is such an amazing opportunity however since coming down from the high, there appear to be certain things that were missed when sold the dream of a doctorate. Within this article, we will explore 3 things that they don’t tell you about getting onto a doctorate.

So What Is Business Psychology?

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. This weeks guest article is from Dr Grace Mansah-Owusu who is a Chartered Psychologist. This is an area that we are personally interested in as this sector appears to have a bright and broad future. Many top companies are starting to realise the importance of employee wellbeing and are actively exploring how to get the best out of their employees. This could signal a rise in occupational psychologists as they hold the required skills to deliver results. This is why we thought it would be great for Grace to explain what Occupational Psychology is and how you can pursue this career path.

Why Anxiety & Depression Led Me to Psychology

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. This week we have a great guest article from an amazing individual called Ashley Boscoe. This is her story of how she overcame her own anxieties and depression and how her experiences ultimately led her to pursue a career in psychology. This is a truly amazing story and one that we can all learn a lot from!

Diagnosis Shaming from Mental Health Professionals

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. This weeks guest article is from Rowan Wild who shares her experiences of “diagnosis shaming” from professionals. Rowan really goes deep on how something as simple as communication can have such a long term impact on service users. This is an article that should be read by EVERYONE within the mental health sector and should a lesson for all future professionals on the importance of their role! We hope you enjoy this article as much as we did!

Is Post Uni Depression A Thing?

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. This week we’ll explore a very sensitive topic to most graduates which Is Post Uni Depression. This is something that, upon reflection, I personally went through and really affected me after graduation. Looking back, there were 3 main reasons why I felt like this which coincidentally, is shared by many graduates that contact us. This is something that we believe effects many graduates, however is very rarely spoken about. We hope that this will help many graduates understand that they are not alone and this is actually very common.

A Message If You Got A 2:2 Or Lower…..

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist! This weeks guest article comes from Abbie Moseley. Abbie is a psychology graduate who recently graduated with her Psychology Degree! This is her message to anyone that is graduating this year with a lower grade than they had expected! This is a must read for anyone who found themselves in this position!

Everything You Need To Know About The Clinical Doctorate Application

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. As you know it’s application season and for many hopefuls, this is the first time that you’re applying for the clinical psychology doctorate course. Well (as always), PsychAssist is here to help! Within this article, we’ll explore everything you need to know about that so called “scary” application form.

How To Build A Psychological Service

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. This week’s guest article is from Dr Amber Elliot who is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist who took the brave steps of stepping out on her own to develop her social enterprise. Amber explains how she worked in a Looked After & Adopted CAMHS service which ultimately led her down the path of starting her own service. This is her journey of how she started The Child Psychology Service (TCPS).

How Health Psychology Should Dominate Instagram Culture

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. Previously, we wrote an article called “What Will Psychology Look Like In 2030?” which received a lot of attention! In particular the point around Health Psychology becoming a huge part of the field. Within this article, we will explore how we think this will happen and also how Health Psychology should pivot into the mainstream.  Spoiler alert! Social media (especially Instagram) will be the key to unlock Health Psychology’s potential.

A Week in the Life of a Support Worker

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. We have received hundreds of messages from recent Psychology Graduates asking us about their next steps in their career. We often urge them to become Support Workers, however we are repeatedly met with comments like “I’m not cleaning someones backside!”. This couldn’t be further from the truth which is why we wrote this article from a support worker to show you what Support Worker life is actually like. This is something we wish we knew back when we started our careers.

From No A-Levels to Building A Mental Health Service: The story so far…

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist! This week’s guest article comes from Stacey Pyle who has gone from No A-Levels to Building Her Own Mental Health Service. She previously struggled for years with her own mental health and found herself in her mid-20’s HOMELESS and a single mother of 3. Despite all adversity, she persevered to gain an access course to medicine where she received a DISTINCTION which subsequently led to an unconditional offer to study psychology. Stacey refuses to settle for the ordinary and is about to launch her own mental health service called “The Foundation Centre” which is backed by the Princes Trust. This is her story so far….

4 Ways to Keep Yourself Healthy Whilst Working In Mental Health

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. Within this article we explore how to keep yourself healthy whilst working in mental health. This article was written by a member of the PsychAssist team who is currently a support worker and they give their perspective of how to look after your own mental health whilst working in such a demanding role. This is something we hear many graduates and support workers talk about so we know this is a topic that we had to address. Hopefully this will be able to help you in your journey!

How An Undergraduate Got Onto The Forensic Doctorate

Hello and WELCOMEto PsychAssist. This week’s guest article comes from Kara Deering, a recent graduate who has just been accepted onto the Forensic Doctorate. Kara’s story is very inspirational; from receiving 3 grades lower than what she was expecting in her A Levels to falling into a forensic placement during Undergrad. Kara has silenced all of her doubters to get onto the Forensic Doctorate straight out of University. When we heard this, we had to have her tell her story on PsychAssist. This is Kara’s very inspirational story…..

Why Psychologists Make The Worst Spouses!

Hello and WELCOMEto PsychAssist. This article is a little bit different from our usual articles but one that is imperative to write. I remember when I first entered the field of psychology and I would hear the phrase “Psychologists make the worst spouses” which really confused me, yet it is something I still hear to this day. This is why we have done some investigations around this topic and found these 3 themes that could explain why Psychologists may be the worst spouses.

Are PWP’s The New Assistant Psychologists?

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. Lately, we have received a lot of messages from recent Psychology Graduates asking whether they should pursue Assistant Psychologist jobs or to go down the PWP route. This is a very controversial topic but one that we thought we had to address as it is a question many Psychology Graduates have. Within this article, we will explore whether or not PWP’s are becoming the new AP’s.

3 Skills Before You Apply For Assistant Psychologist Roles

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. It’s that time of year again where many Assistant Psychologists are about to leave their posts to take up their places on the clinical doctorate. This means that there will be a fresh batch of hopefuls looking to fill their spots, which could be you.  However, how do you know if you’re ready for an AP role? Within this post we will explore the 3 qualities you NEED to have before applying for AP roles.

What Will Psychology Look Like In 2030?

Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. Lately, we’ve been noticing some trends within the world of psychology which are very exciting. So much so that we thought that we should write an article on the topic (partly to give you information and partly to say “we told you so” in 10 years’ time). With the ever-changing world, we know how scary it can be to try to navigate through and succeed within this space. That’s why we thought we’d give you our thoughts and predictions on things to look out for in the years to come.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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!

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?