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What Is Clinical Psychology?

 How Does Clinical Psychology Work?: Clinical psychology is a combination of science, theory and clinical knowledge used to diagnose, treat and prevent psychological distress and dysfunction in individuals, families and the wider community. Clinical psychologists draw on their scientific knowledge to bring about a positive change.

In therapy, clinical psychologists do not prescribe medications to their clients. Instead, they use psychological techniques, such as (CBT) and psychoanalytic therapy when working with their clients. Clinical psychologists work with people of all ages on a wide range of psychological difficulties in mental and physical health.

What is clinical health psychology?: Clinical health psychologists are mental health professionals, usually trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and at least one other therapeutic approach. One difference between a therapist/counsellor and a medical clinical psychologist is that a clinical health psychologist can officially diagnose any mental health conditions you may be experiencing.

Aside from therapy practices like HQ Therapy Rooms, clinical psychologists usually work in community institutions such as hospitals, health centres, schools, social services, prisons and community mental health teams, and you can be referred to a clinical psychologist by your GP.

Therapy Issues That Clinical Psychology Helps With

What does clinical psychology focus on: Clinical psychologists can help you with a whole range of diagnosed mental health conditions as well as physical and emotional problems, behavioural disorders and sex and human sexuality issues. See below for some of the issues that psychotherapy can help with

We want you to feel able to discuss any questions or worries with your therapist. This is important in order for you to progress in your therapy.

***If you feel you need some help with getting therapy contact us using the form at the bottom of this page and someone will guide you through the process.***

These are some of the additional therapy issues we deal with that are closely related to clinical psychology.

Clinical Psychologists Working at HQ Therapy

What to expect from clinical psychology?: When you see a clinical psychologist, you will be assessed using a combination of observation, interview, and techniques like psychometric testing. Your psychologist will then work in partnership with you over a number of sessions to find practical solutions for the issues you’re experiencing.

Below is a selection of our current fully trained clinical psychologists who are available to work with clients who are experiencing therapy issues that we deal with related to clinical psychology using a wide range range of techniques.

Choosing the right therapist is an important decision for you and it is important that you work with the right practitioner and that both feel comfortable working together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Clinical Psychology?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply get in touch with us using the form below or give us a call at 0203 997 9229 and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

However, if you feel you are ready to start therapy straight away then click HERE to book an initial therapy assessment with a fully qualified therapist, or if you are struggling financially click HERE to book an initial therapy assessment with one of our Low-Cost therapists.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored to the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced-rate therapy to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.