Clinical Psychology is a profession which focuses on helping people who experience mild to severe distress usually as a result of a combination of factors, such as poor mental health, physical illness, interpersonal difficulties, or cognitive impairment. The aim of clinical psychology is to reduce this distress and enhance the individual’s wellbeing.
This is done by carrying out a comprehensive assessment of the client’s presenting difficulties, which allows the clinician and the client to come to a shared understanding of what has contributed to the onset of these problems and what keeps them going. This then allows them to choose the most appropriate intervention.
Clinical Psychology as a profession has a strong background in scientific research. As such clinicians within this field rely on evidence based approaches, which are underpinned by strong theoretical foundations and extensive research findings. Most clinical psychologists are trained in a variety of therapies, which allows them to choose and integrate the most appropriate interventions for their clients.
A Clinical Psychologist is a professional who has undergone extensive training in the field of mental health, therapy, and research. Clinical Psychologists are required to have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Clinical Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. To get to this point, they also need several years of experience working within various mental health settings with people across the life span. Often they also have additional postgraduate qualifications (such as a masters or a specialist diploma), which improves their understanding of human behaviour, mental health, and ways of helping people in distress.