Why see a Clinical Psychologist?

why see a CP

Where do you want to go in life? What has led up to where you find yourself now? How can you find a way forwards?

There are a lot of different people offering psychological assessments and therapy, so it can be confusing trying to find the right person for you. Clinical Psychologists are unique in that we are trained to a high level in more than one therapeutic approach, allowing us to tailor therapy to your unique needs, hopes and goals using methods that have been well researched.

Psychological formulation

Clinical Psychologists are trained in the use of psychological formulation. This is a method of producing a shared understanding (often written down and/or drawn in a diagram) of your strengths, past experiences and current difficulties which can help focus and clarify our understanding of what has brought you to therapy, as well as pointing us in a useful direction towards resolution. This can be such a helpful way of gaining a new perspective, compassion and understanding for yourself, as well as hope and clarity about ways forward.

Broad training

Training in Clinical Psychology includes experience working with young children, adolescents, adults, older adults, people with intellectual disabilities, people experiencing physical health issues, and more. It is a thorough training in psychology across the lifespan.

Alongside therapy training, we also learn how to conduct detailed psychological assessments including assessments of cognitive functioning, as well as conducting research to doctoral level. Training requires a minimum of 6 years at university, and often several years of direct clinical experience prior to qualifying.

This broad, varied and thorough understanding of human psychology, alongside training in multiple therapies, models and approaches, is what places Clinical Psychologists a unique position to understand your difficulties through multiple lenses. This allows us greater flexibility when working together in therapy.

Ongoing learning and professional development is essential to good practice, and usually Clinical Psychologists engage in a range of further specialist training after qualifying, depending on their area of specialism and interests.

Get in touch to discuss your specific concerns, or to ask any questions.