Clinical psychologists and psychologists have different levels of training and therefore different skill sets.
A psychologist generally has four years of university education.
Clinical psychologists have an additional postgraduate degree in clinical psychology. They are taught how to assess and treat individuals with a broad range of mental health problems (eg stress, anxiety, depression, trauma) and physical health problems where psychological management can be useful (eg pain management).
Psychiatrists have a degree in medicine and are therefore able to prescribe medication in
addition to psychotherapy. Medication and therapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
(CBT) can both be implemented to improve a client’s well-being. Therefore, clinical psychologists
and psychiatrists may at times work together.
The CBT Clinical Psychology Centre is a network of experienced clinical psychologists, with 8 to 30 years of practice in psychology. They include clinicians with child and adolescent experience and they are all trained in treating depression and anxiety disorders. The best way to find out if they can help you is to see one of them.
If none of the Centre’s clinical psychologists feel that they are suited to your particular case, they will refer you on to someone they believe is more appropriate.
That is really dependent on the severity of the issue and how long it’s been going for. The Centre’s goal is for clients to move through therapy in a time-effective manner and at a pace that is both comfortable and rewarding for them. The average time is a few months.
On average, it’s about 7-10 days. If the matter is urgent, the clinicians will do whatever they can to see you as soon as possible.
The team at the CBT Clinical Psychology Centre understand that some people find it more convenient to see clinicians after hours so evening appointments are available.