What is a Child Psychologist?

Psychologists undertake an undergraduate degree in university, which provides training in research, statistics and science. After completing a psychology degree people decide if they would like to have further training to work as a clinical psychologist who sees patients for help with emotional distress. This training is at least 3 more years at university. It involves research and work-based placements and assessments. Psychologists are then qualified to provide psychological therapy for patients.
Psychologists have two years of ongoing mentor type sessions to be registered as a clinical psychologist.

Often psychologists and psychiatrists work together.

Who would benefit from seeing a psychologist?

Psychologists help children and families with problems that are wide ranging but include

  • Anxiety
  • School avoidance
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression
  • Self-harming
  • Family conflict
  • Learning disorders
  • Developmental disorders