Who is a Clinical Psychologist ?

Clinical psychology includes the scientific study and application of psychology for the purpose of understanding, preventing, and relieving psychologically-based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective well-being and personal development.Central to its practice are psychological assessment and psychotherapy.

The work of clinical psychologists is varied. They spend a lot of their time in personal sessions with patients or administering tests. Aside from personal sessions, they may also involve patients in group therapy, family therapy, or develop and execute plans of action to help patients change behavior. Some work closely with other medical professionals to design treatment programs for specific issues.
The work of clinical psychologists is so varied, many specialize in specific areas. Clinical psychologists help people maintain healthy lifestyles through counseling. They might help people quit smoking or maintain a healthy body weight. Clinical psychologists through Neuropsychology, study the human brain's physical processes. They often work closely with patients with head injuries or strokes to determine how injuries to different areas of the brain affect behavior and mental health.

Clinical psychologists aim to reduce psychological distress and enhance and promote psychological wellbeing. They often work in health and social care settings, as part of a multidisciplinary team. They use the methods and findings of psychology and psychological theories with clients to enable them to make positive changes in their lives.

Clinical psychologists work with people of all ages who experience mental or physical health problems. These may include:

* anxiety and depression;
* serious and enduring mental illness;
* adjustment to physical illness;
* neurological disorders;
* addictive behaviours;
* eating disorders;
* behaviour disorders;
* personal and family relationship problems;
* learning disabilities.