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.