5 Facts About Clinical Psychologist

5 Facts About Clinical Psychologist

by Dr Emma Gray - 7th July, 2014

5 Facts about Clinical Psychologist

1. Clinical Psychologists are Doctors

Clinical Psychologists hold 2 degrees; the first is an undergraduate degree either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology. The second degree is a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with involves teaching, practical and research elements.

This means that Clinical Psychologists are the most highly trained professionals in the field of mental health and therefore the best placed to treat mental health problem like anxiety, panic, depression, eating disorders (inc anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and eating disorders not otherwise specified {EDNOS}), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep problems and relationship problems.

2. Clinical Psychologist train for a minimum of 9 years

Sandwiched between 2 degrees (each taking 3 years) Clinical Psychologists complete 3-5 years of work as Assistant Psychologists working under the close supervision of qualified member of a mental health team gaining experience in assessing and treating those suffering from mental health, psychological and emotional problems.

3. Clinical Psychologists are trained to work with the full range of mental health problem.

Clinical Psychologists are specialists in mental health which means that they are trained to treat the full range of problems.

Mental health difficulties can usually be categorised into anxiety disorders (e.g. generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic disorder, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder {OCD}, post traumatic stress disorder {PTSD}, eating disorders) and mood/low self esteem problems (e.g. depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, low confidence) and Clinical Psychologists have a arsenal of evidence based therapy and counselling techniques to help sufferers recover from both of these types of psychological distress.

4. Clinical Psychologists work across the lifespan.

Clinical Psychologists are trained to work across the lifespan which means they are skilled in working with child and their families and adults (individual and couples). Their training involves both practical experience of working with these groups and a comprehensive theoretical teaching programme that focuses on developmentally relevant aspects of mental health.

5. Clinical Psychologist at The British CBT & Counselling Service are also specialist in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

The Clinical Psychologists employed by The British CBT & Counselling Service are also required to have specialist knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as this therapy approach has the most robust evidence base across a range of mental health problems and is recommended by the government body NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence).

The British CBT & Counselling Service employs over 20 Doctors of Clinical Psychology based in clinics across the country (Richmond {Surrey}, Clapham, {London}, Fulham {London}, Marylebone {London}, Islington {London}, Kings Cross {London}, Canary Wharf {London}, West Bridgford {Nottingham}, Stamford {Lincolnshire})
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Dr Emma Gray

Dr Emma Gray

I am often the first person with whom my patients share significant and intimate thoughts and memories; I never take that privileged position for granted nor the opportunity to help someone to feel better about themselves and discover a more fulfilling life. One of my colleague once described me as natural psychologist; I guess she was alluding to the fact that I feel at ease being a therapist, I can empathise with people’s distress and discomfort but don’t feel overwhelmed by it, I can understand their problem and know how to help, it has always just felt like what I should be doing.


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