Clinical psychologists specialise in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological and mental health problems. They aim to reduce distress and enhance the psychological wellbeing of their clients. They are trained to use evidence-based therapies to support their clients to make positive changes to their lives.
Clinical psychologists work with a range of clients across the lifespan in relation to a range of different issues, including relationship difficulties, physical and mental health issues. They work with individuals, couples, families and groups.
Clinical psychologists are trained to complete specialist assessments and to develop a collaborative understanding of their clients’ strengths and difficulties. They draw upon a range of psychological ideas, and are mindful of the therapeutic relationship. They aim to help clients make sense of their lives, and to support them to process and cope with difficulties they may be experiencing.
It is important for clinical psychologists to be up-to-date with the latest research and training, and therefore take further specialist training across their careers.
Clinical psychologists hold a degree in psychology and a doctorate in clinical psychology. They are registered with both the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).