What is a Clinical Psychologist?jumping_family

All Clinical Psychologists have started their training with a degree in psychology.

What is psychology?

Psychology is the study of people; how they think, how they act, react and interact. Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivation underlying such behaviour.


 So what is a clinical psychologist?

A clinical psychologist has gone on to do further post-graduate training. This is in the application of the science of psychology to individuals and groups who have problems such as psychological disorders, problems in relationships, a learning disability or problems arising from serious injury or trauma. Historically, most clinical psychologists have worked within the NHS, hence the word ‘clinical’. However an increasing number of clinical psychologists, such as myself, now work in other settings or independently. 


What is the difference between a clinical psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Psychiatry is a branch of medicine. A psychiatrist trains as a medical doctor and then goes on to specialize in the field of mental health. Because of their medical background, psychiatrists may prescribe medication. Some psychiatrists use the same types of therapy as do clinical psychologists. There is thus a certain amount of overlap between the activities of the two professions.


What is an educational psychologist?

Most educational psychologists are employed by local authority education departments and work in schools. They assess and give advice regarding children who have educational problems such as learning disabilities, dyslexia and emotional and behavioural problems.