What is a clinical child psychologist?
Clinical psychologists aim to reduce suffering, through understanding what is contributing to someone’s difficulties, and working to help that person adapt things in a positive way. We typically work with people who are experiencing emotional distress including anxiety and depression. Clinical psychologists train for many years to understand emotional problems from many different angles. We learn to consider all of these factors so that we can have a really good understanding of what has happened, and what to do next:
How the brain works;
The ways in which we are affected by our thoughts (cognitions);
Why our behaviour and that of others impacts on the way we think and feel;
How our age and stage of development impacts difficulties.
I work with children, young people and their families. When I meet them at my practice, Everlief, first of all I listen to their story so I can understand what has led them to come to Everlief. Then I begin to understand the factors contributing to the problem, so that together we can develop a plan. Often, this will involve the young person coming to see me for a number of talking therapy sessions. Clinical psychologists are trained in a number of different types of talking therapies, because this helps us tailor the therapy to the needs and personality of the young person. Talking therapy helps people to identify tricky patterns of thinking and behaviour, or positive ones which they could do more of. Bit by bit, we aim to shift away from the difficulty that is causing distress.