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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 post graduate qualification in the scientific study of the mind and understanding 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, to the actions of social groups and nations. Human development is especially important to better understand what makes a ‘human being’ and what is the nature of ‘being human’ attending to all stages of development from childhood, adolescence, adulthood and the ageing process throughout the lifespan. It’s 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.

Most clinical and counselling psychologists in the UK work or have worked and trained with the NHS in community mental health settings. In addition, psychologists 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. Psychologists 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).

Most clinical and counselling psychologists in the UK work or have worked and trained with the NHS in community mental health settings. In addition, psychologists 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. Psychologists 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).

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