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WHAT IS CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY?

Clinical psychology is a branch of psychology that aims to diagnose and treat mental health, emotional and behavioural problems. The aim of psychological therapy is to reduce distress and improve the psychological well-being of clients. Clinical Psychologists are considered experts in the field of human emotion and behaviour.

WHAT KINDS OF PROBLEMS CAN PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY HELP WITH?

 

Clinical Psychologists can help with a wide range of mental health and emotional problems including: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Depression/Low mood, Stress, Anxiety, Health-related distress, Phobias, Panic attacks, Social anxiety, Major life changes, Eating problems, Relationship difficulties, Bereavement, Anger, Sleep problems.

CAN I SEE A PSYCHOLOGIST EVEN IF I DO NOT HAVE A MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM?

 

Yes. Psychological therapy is very helpful in improving your awareness of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and developing effective coping strategies. With a greater understanding of yourself, you may be able to lead a more fulfilled and happy life.

WHAT WILL THE SESSIONS BE LIKE AND HOW MANY WILL I NEED?

 

Clinical Psychologists are highly trained in listening and reflecting and aim to provide a safe and secure environment for you to talk about your difficulties. Following your initial assessment, I will be able to give you an idea as to how many session are likely to be needed based on the difficulties identified, the evidence-base and recommended treatment guidelines. You are free to attend as many sessions as you choose to and are free to end the sessions at any time.

HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO WAIT FOR AN APPOINTMENT?

 

An initial assessment is usually offered within two weeks.

HOW CAN I CHECK THE QUALIFICATIONS OF A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST?

 

Clinical Psychologists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You are able to search by name for a Psychologist to confirm their registration on the HCPC website: www.hcpc-uk.org

Links

PROFESSIONAL 

Health and Care Professions Council  www.hcpc-uk.org

British Psychological Society  www.bps.org.uk

 

​MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

Mind            www.mind.org.uk         0300 123 3393

Samaritans  www.samaritans.org    116 123

Rethink        www.rethink.org           0300 5000 927

SaneLine     www.sane.org.uk          0300 304 7000

ChildLine    www.childline.org.uk   0800 111

NHS Direct  www.england.nhs.uk/urgent-emergency-care   111

 

If you are in crisis or there is a significant risk to your safety or another individual's safety please contact 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency department.

 

CHILDREN'S SOCIAL SERVICES

If you are concerns about the welfare or safety of a child please contact children's social services immediately. 

Telephone: 0845  603 7634 Email: initialresponseteam@essex.gcsx.gov.uk