Clinical Psychology is a branch of psychology that focuses on health and clinical issues. Science, theory and clinical knowledge are used with people who have difficulties or are in distress, to help them build and develop better health and well-being.
Clinical Psychologists are very well trained and highly specialised practitioners. Most qualified Clinical Psychologists practice their profession in the NHS or in private healthcare. Clinical Psychologists are regulated by two professional bodies – the British Psychological Society (BPS), and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). When a Clinical Psychologist is HCPC registered and BPS chartered, it is a hallmark of their professional competence, experience and quality.
A Clinical Psychologist will talk to you, listen and ask questions. As they are doing this, they are using their clinical knowledge of people in similar situations, scientific background, and understanding of psychological theory, to help them understand you and your specific problems, issues and concerns. Once they understand these areas, they will be able to formulate a plan, and develop strategies with you that can help you deal with and address those issues and thereby improve specific areas of health or well-being. Clinical Psychologists deal with a wide range of mental and physical health problems including:
- Anxiety disorders (phobias, OCD, PTSD)
- Eating Disorders
- Grief & Bereavement
- Pain & Health Psychology
- Personality Disorders
- Psychotic Disorders
- Relationship Issues
- Sexuality & Sexual Health
- Sleep problems
- Stress related problems
- Suicidality/self harm
With most of the above problems, there is a very strong scientific evidence base for the use of psychological therapies and treatments. Often, working with a Clinical Psychologist will be the most effective evidence based approach.