What is a Psychologist?
A Psychologist qualified to work in mental health is typically a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist having completed a third level degree and a postgraduate qualification in the scientific study of the mind. They understand what influences our behaviour, from communication, memory, perception, thought, emotion and development. Some neuro, educational, coaching and forensic psychologists may have a role in mental health services. In addition to a doctorate-level academic qualification, a psychologist working in mental health needs to have a significant range of clinical experience before achieving their professional qualification and registration.
Psychology is a scientific discipline that embraces all aspects of the human experience, from the functions of the individual brain and neurological system to all types of relationships, and even to the actions of different social groups. Studying human development is especially important to better understand what makes a ‘human being’ and what is the nature of ‘being human’. These studies examine all stages of development from childhood, adolescence, adulthood and the ageing process throughout the lifespan. Psychology is about understanding what makes people tick and how this understanding can help us address many of the problems and issues in mental health and society today.
Psychologists work with all common mental health conditions
Most clinical and counselling psychologists in the UK work or have worked and trained with the NHS in community mental health settings. They also work in private practice either fulltime or part-time providing a range of psychological therapies. Psychologists work with all common mental health conditions with some specialising in more complex disorders including personality, bipolar and psychotic disorders. Practitioners are trained in a broad range of psychological and psychotherapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Psychologists at SHC
Dr Jenny Draisey – Clinical Psychologist
Dr Ann Fitzgerald – Counselling Psychologist
Margot Heurtematte – Clinical Psychologist
Dr Levent Yurdakul – Consultant Clinical Psychologist
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