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How can clinical psychologists help you?

It is difficult to give an exhaustive list of the kinds of difficulties with which we can help, but some examples are, anxiety, depression, fears and phobias, habit disorders such as obsessive-compulsive problems, eating disorders, low self-esteem, relationship problems, suicidal feelings, anger management and assertiveness problems. Currently we are only able to offer help to adults and adolescents over the age of sixteen.

What clinical psychologists do not do

We are not physicians; we do not prescribe medication or give injections. We do not give physical examinations. We do not help with housing or benefits. We do not read peoples' minds!
How clinical psychologists help.

When we are assessing problems, we will ask you questions about your current and past life and your problems. We may ask you to fill in some questionnaires or take some practical tests. These are nothing to worry about and are always explained.

When we offer treatment, or "psychological therapy", this is always individually tailored. There are a number of different approaches to such therapy, and what you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

It may be helpful for people to learn relaxation techniques, or to learn to become more assertive. Sometimes therapy can involve a combination of several of these approaches, so, Psychologists may make quite specific suggestions, and sometimes be listening carefully and making interpretations.  We often ask you to do things between appointments, such as think about various issues, keep diaries/records, read books or leaflets, try out techniques or suggestions, or practice things like relaxation exercises.

We will sometimes, if you agree, and if it is necessary, write letters or reports for other people, such as doctors. This will always be discussed with you, and you will always be informed of their contents.
We will usually agree with you a number of appointments for which we will see you. At the end of that time we will review our input with you and, of course, if you feel that you need further appointments, we will usually be happy to provide them.

Tell me more about your clinical psychologists

It takes many years of training to become a Clinical Psychologist, and included in that training are many different approaches that can be taken to any one problem. At Midlands Psychological Services we make it a point to deal with problems on an individual level. We will help you to the best of our ability, using all the techniques we have at our disposal. This is our guarantee.

For more specific information, or to discuss a problem over the telephone and how we may be able to help, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.