Clinical psychologist

Clinical psychologists treat people whose thought patterns and behaviour are a threat to their own and others’ wellbeing. They assess and provide treatment for people with a wide range of conditions such as depression, eating disorders and addiction. 

This page has information on the role of a clinical psychologist. There are also links to further information. 

Working life 

Psychology is the study of how people think and behave – a combination of science and practice. Using direct observation, interviews and techniques such as psychometric testing, you’ll make an assessment of a patient’s problem. Treatment requires the cooperation of the patient and you will work in partnership with them to treat and manage their condition. This will usually take place over a series of sessions. 

"One of the great advantages about working as a psychologist in the NHS, is that you can usually find job opportunities wherever you go". Louise Fountain, consultant clinical psychologist

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Clinical psychologists work with different and varied client groups, depending on the post. These can include children with behavioural and emotional difficulties, mothers with postnatal depression and young offenders. You’ll draw on your scientific knowledge to bring about positive change. Treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy are now offered to people with range of mental health problems including anxiety and depression as well as more severe problems such as personality disorders.

Where will I work?

You are likely to work in some, or all, of the following settings:

You will also liaise with doctors, members of community mental healthcare teams and other agencies such as the probation service and social services.

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