Clinical psychologists work with a wide range of psychological difficulties in mental and physical health. This includes anxiety, depression, adjusting to and managing long term physical health conditions, as well as other specialist areas like substance misuse, eating disorders, severe mental health difficulties, challenging behaviours, neurological disorders, etc.
As a clinical psychologist you will be trained in a number of psychological approaches, and be able to use psychological evidence and theory to create a shared explanatory model or "formulation" of psychological difficulties, which will guide therapies and other interventions. Clinical psychologists are trained to deliver cognitive behavioural therapy as well as at least one other major psychotherapeutic approach. You will also offer specialist assessments, which may include neuropsychological testing, mental state examination and risk assessment. Clinical psychologists are trained mental health practitioners who may also apply their skills in physical health and social care contexts.
As a clinical psychologist, you will be working with a specific population, such as children and young people, adults of all ages, or people with learning disabilities. You will provide individual therapy, and work with couples or families, as well as teams and services. You will also provide supervision and support to other professionals and teams, and also develop services and carry out research.
Clinical psychologists are more than just therapists, and use their scientist-practitioner training to address whole system problems at family, community, managerial and institutional level. They are trained to provide multidisciplinary leadership and innovation throughout the health and social care system. Read more about this career path