Psychologists undertake an undergraduate degree in university, which provides training in research, statistics and science.  After completing a psychology degree, graduates decide if they would like to have further training to work as a clinical psychologist who see 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.

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