What is a Clinical Psychologist?

Clinical psychologists aim to reduce psychological distress and enhance and promote psychological well-being. Clinical psychologists are trained in understanding how people think, feel and behave, making use of evidence-based therapies to work towards achieving the client’s goal. They are trained in assessment and based on assessment make decisions on appropriate psychological therapies based on psychological theories and research.

Clinical psychologists deal with a wide range of difficulties including serious mental illness. Clinical psychologists are trained in talking therapies and do not prescribe medication. However they work closely with other mental health and medical professionals including psychiatrists who are able to prescribe medication if appropriate.