When you seek help from a psychologist, you might see a psychologist with general registration, or one who also has a specific area of practice endorsement (such as clinical psychology, health psychology or sport and exercise psychology). A psychologist with an area of practice endorsement usually has additional university qualifications and supervised training in that specific area. Obtaining a master’s in clinical psychology requires six years of university-based study. This is then followed by a two-year period as a Clinical Registrar and a lifelong commitment to continuing professional development. Intrinsic Healthcare’s psychologist is a Clinical Psychology Registrar.
Central to clinical psychology practice are psychological assessment, clinical formulation, diagnosis, and psychotherapy. A clinical psychologist can assess the causes of psychological distress within the context of the history of the problems and contributing factors, such as genetic predisposition, social and family influences, and psychological coping styles. A clinical psychologist can help develop a management or treatment plan for stabilisation or recovery. Clinical psychologists do not prescribe medication; they use psychological therapies.
HOW CAN A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST REGISTRAR HELP?
- Common reasons why someone might see a clinical psychologist include:
- Problems in adjusting to major life changes, stress or trauma
- Anxiety, worry or fear
- Depressed or low mood, or suicidal thinking
- Thoughts of hurting other people or hurting yourself on purpose
- Too much energy, being unable to sleep, wind down or relax
- Obsessional thinking
- Feeling on edge or jumpy
- Problems with alcohol or drug use
- Problem gambling, gaming or other addictive behaviours
- Problems around body image, eating, or dieting
- Poor concentration and attention; hyperactivity
- Insomnia and other sleep problems
- Conditions that start in childhood such as autism, intellectual disability, ADHD, learning difficulties or childhood anxiety or depression
- Behaviour problems in children and adolescence
AS PART OF THEIR WORK, A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST REGISTRAR CAN:
- Help you to manage a long-term mental health condition
- Provide advice about lifestyle changes to help manage psychological distress
- Work with you individually, or with you and your partner, family, or carers
- Provide second opinions and advice to other mental health professionals
- Liaise with your GP to facilitate a referral to other health professionals, such as a psychiatrist, speech pathologist, or Occupational Therapist