The difference between a Psychologist and a Provisional Psychologist

By Kate Jeffries

Senior Manager; Mental Health and Wellbeing

Therapy Focus has a team of therapists to look after the mental health and wellbeing of yourself or a loved one. Our psychologists contribute collectively to provide an integral part of our multidisciplinary allied health service.

But what exactly does a psychologist do and what is the difference between a Psychologist and a Provisional Psychologist?


What does a Psychologist do?

Psychologists study individuals and groups to better understand how people, communities and society’s function, and devise ways to empower them and help them thrive. This is done through their deep understanding of mental, emotional and biological functions that drive behaviour.

In Australia, psychologists must be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and listed with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Psychologists must also obtain a minimum of six years of combined university training and supervision, engage in ongoing education and adhere to strict ethical standards.[i]

Psychologists provide assessment, interpretation and implement plans for the overall psychological development, safety and wellbeing of their customers. Psychologists can be seen in a range of settings including a therapy clinic or school. Where appropriate, customers may be seen in their home or other natural environments such as Nature Therapy.

Why are there different titles for Psychologists?

The main psychology titles used at Therapy Focus are:

  • Provisional Psychologist
  • Psychologist
  • Clinical Psychologist

Take a look at how each title differs.

The difference between a Psychologist and a Provisional Psychologist

All Psychologists at Therapy Focus are qualified, knowledgable and skilled in the services they provide. Our provisional psychologist practice as a psychologist whilst under supervision of a Psychology Board Approved (PsyBA) Supervisor. The supervisor reviews the provisional psychologist’s assessments, therapy interventions, ongoing plans and signs off written reports and other documentation. The PsyBA Supervisors may belong to the Therapy Focus Mental Health and Wellbeing area, or they may be from outside Therapy Focus.

Therapy Focus is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality mental health and wellbeing support is provided by our team of psychologists. We provide ongoing professional development and focus on areas in high demand by our customers.


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Learn more about how our psychologists can provide support to you or a loved one.