Private clinic psychologists are trained in behavioural sciences. This means they are able to help examine unwanted behaviours and explain how these might be changed. They conduct clinical assessments, including psychometric tests, interviews and behaviour observations. The results of these clinical examinations may then lead to advice, counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or psychotherapy sessions.
Meanwhile, counselling psychologists combine psychological theory and research with counselling to offer practical support for mental health issues and life issues. Their expertise can help with bereavement, domestic violence, sexual abuse, traumas and relationship issues.
The main difference between these professionals lies in the fact that while a psychologist has scientific training they do not have the training or authority to prescribe medication. A psychiatrist is a trained and qualified doctor who has specialist training in diagnosing mental health problems. They are also trained in the use of drugs to help alleviate the symptoms of mental health disorders. Nevertheless, a psychiatrist might suggest that you also see a psychologist or a psychotherapist as a supplementary treatment.
Whether you opt for a clinical or counselling psychologist, psychotherapist or counsellor depends on the nature of your issue as well as other conditions such as time limitations. You may also be referred to see a psychologist by your GP, a psychiatrist or other mental health care practitioner or service.
In summary, psychologists have a scientific background and a theoretical understanding about human behaviour that they combine with counselling skills. They are good at giving you practical skills and knowledge to help you cope better with your day – to – day life and the issue that concerns you. However they do not prescribe medication and tend to work on a short or mid-term.
All of these differences may seem overwhelming and confusing however our therapeutic care coordinator is just a phone call away on 0207 118 0407 and willing to discuss this with you so that you are able to make an informed choice.
Our psychologists can help with an extensive range of cognitive issues, practical problems (including phobias and chronic pain) through to improving someone’s confidence and performance at work. Our private psychologists are specialists in offering therapy and treatment for the following concerns:
Unless you are coming for a one-off assessment which lasts 90 minutes you will normally attend weekly sessions for an agreed period of time.
They will be a chartered psychologist belonging to the British Psychological Society (BPS) and they will abide by their Code of Ethics. This means they practice with respect, competence, responsibility and integrity.