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What is a Clinical Psychologist?

Clinical psychologists are trained in the application of the principles of psychology within the mental health field. It is a broad and lengthy training.

A good first degree in psychology is necessary, followed by some years of practical experience in the field, before a doctorate in clinical psychology is completed.

Those who have trained will be familiar with a number of different theoretical models and capable of working flexibly in a wide range of settings.

Clinical psychologists aim to reduce the distress and improve the psychological well-being of clients. They use psychological methods and research to make positive changes to their clients’ lives and offer various forms of treatment.

Clinical psychologists often work alongside other professionals in multidisciplinary teams in order to tackle complex patient problems.

Clinical psychologists work with clients of all ages on a variety of different mental or physical health problems including:

  • depression and schizophrenia
  • adjustment to physical illness
  • neurological disorders
  • addictive behaviours
  • challenging behaviours
  • eating disorders
  • personal and family relationship problems
  • learning disabilities