This online directory is to help you find a psychologist who is recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) as being a Chartered Member of the Society
As the professional body for psychologists in Ireland, the PSI currently represents circa 4,000 members. A primary objective of the Society is to seek to ensure that the public is protected by upholding the highest professional standards in psychologists' education, training and work. To this end, PSI encourages all its eligible members to become Chartered Members of the Society.
The PSI first established a Directory of Psychologists in 1988. Only psychologists who have met and continue to meet the requirements of the PSI are entitled to use the title" Chartered Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland" or it's abbreviation "C. Psychol. PsSI"
To become a Chartered Psychologist, a PSI Member must meet the following criteria:
Chartered members must renew their membership annually and be in good standing. They also commit to adhering to the PSI Code of Ethics, and continue to engage in their own continuing professional development every year.
This online directory only lists those PSI Chartered Psychologists who wish to have their names publicly available.
Types of Chartered Psychologist
Psychologists may use different titles depending on which postgraduate degree and professional training they undertook after completing their first undergraduate degree in psychology, or equivalent.
The public online search facility allows you to search for a Chartered Psychologist and for one with a specialist title. A Chartered member who is also a full member of one of the following PSI Divisions: Clinical, Counselling, Educational, Behavioural, Forensic, Psychotherapy, Work and Organisational, Health, Neuro can use the name of their specialism along with Chartered Psychologist.
Chartered psychologist specialist titles include:
You can get a better understanding of what these specialist titles mean by consulting the different PSI Divisions' pages on the PSI website. Whatever their title, all psychologists will share similar basic knowledge, skills and experience - or core competencies. How they use them will vary depending on what type of psychologist they are and where they are working.
Not all Chartered Psychologists will have a clinical practice. They work in a range of different settings which will include clinical practice, education, research, the justice system, consultancy, and roles in industry. They may work with individuals, couples, groups, teams and organisations.
It is a Chartered Psychologist's personal responsibility to maintain their fitness to practice in their declared fields of expertise. By applying to be a PSI Chartered Psychologist a psychologist commits to adhere to the PSI's Code of Ethics and to engage in their own continuing professional development every year. This is one of the ways by which PSI endeavours to ensure that the highest standards for safe and effective practice are maintained.
Choosing a Chartered Psychologist
When choosing a psychologist, usually the more you can inform yourself beforehand the better and, depending on why you wish to consult a psychologist, other professionals such as GPs, teachers and counsellors may be able to advise you further.
When making a first appointment with a psychologist it is advisable to discuss practical issues at the outset. These include questions about their training and experience, the kind of services they can provide, their charges, whether these are recognised by health insurance companies, the usual length of sessions etc.
The number of sessions may vary depending on the reasons for attending and is usually negotiated between you and your psychologist. It can also be helpful to speak to more than one psychologist to compare what they offer and to get a better idea of whether or not you feel they can help you.