Clinical Psychology is the assessment and treatment of emotional, relational, psychological and behavioural difficulties. Clinical Psychologists work with individuals, families, couples, groups and organisations. We can work in a variety of settings, not only limited to mental health services. For instance, I have worked in sexual health services treating psychosexual difficulties both with individuals and with couples. I have also worked in Children's Centres supporting staff, parents and children in a variety of ways; including 1:1 consultation with parents, assessment of infants and pre-schoolers in the nursery setting and supervision of staff.
As a minimum, Clinical Psychologists are trained to doctoral level. We are able to draw on many areas of expertise in our therapeutic practice. This includes our knowledge of child development, attachment theory and a biological, psychological and sociological understanding of emotional well being and mental health. As clinical and theoretical research is integral to our training, Clinical Psychologists offer evidenced based therapies and interventions. We are trained in multiple therapeutic modalities which allows us to be flexible in our approach to clients.
I predominantly use a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach; however my work is also informed by Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Mindfulness-based Therapy (MBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT).