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A clinical psychologist uses psychological therapies and procedures to help clients overcome a range of problems, including depression, anxiety, challenging behaviours, neurological disorders or disabilities.

It is a crucial profession because the work of a clinical psychologist work to treat a wide range of abnormal behaviours and disorders that people would otherwise find really difficult to live with, and therefore clinical psychologists change and improve their quality of life.

Clinical psychologists will assess their client?s behaviour and needs using observations, interviews and psychometric tests. After this, clinical psychologists work to create unique therapies and treatment plans that are tailored to their clients needs. Clinical psychologists tend to work in a variety of settings, including in research, education, training and healthcare settings.

To become a clinical psychologist requires extensive education as most will need a bachelor?s degree in psychology, where the fundamentals are learnt and then a postgraduate degree. Clinical psychologists are also expected to take further and continuous training throughout their career.

A career in clinical psychology can also be incredibly draining as you will spend a vast majority of the day listening to, and trying to help patients to deal with, trauma, hardship and interpersonal problems. On top of this, there is also the constant threat of patient violence, which is probably in any career where you work with difficult individuals.

However, clinical psychologists get to work with a huge range of people and get to see genuine positive improvements in their life, which leads to high levels of job satisfaction. No two days are the same when working as a clinical psychologist, which makes the job interesting and engaging. The career also eventually offer reasonably flexible working hours and lots of opportunities to develop skills and progress into different career paths.

So, if you are someone who wants to learn and understand psychological theories, has the ability to relate and empathise with the emotions and feelings of others, has excellent listening and communication skills and the ability to cope with emotionally demanding situations, then a career in clinical psychology may just be for you!

 


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