Why would I see a clinical psychologist?
Clinical psychologists have at least 8 years in total of training. 6 years of this is through an accredited educational institution developing competencies in behavioural science, theory and clinical experience. Following completion of studies and work placements, clinical psychologists must also complete two years as a registrar under the guidance of a supervisor before being endorsed as a clinical psychologist by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
Clinical Psychologists value science and evidence
Clinical psychologists provide thorough assessment of a range of issues experienced by people. Clinical psychologists then use this assessment information to provide individually customised therapy that is based on extensive research, so that the therapy is as effective as possible.
Three therapies that are examples of evidence based treatment include:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
You can learn more about CBT from this article on The conversation: "Explainer: what is cognitive behaviour therapy?".
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), including mindfulness based therapies
You can learn more about ACT from the AIPC Online Article Library.
You can learn more about motivational interviewing at Psychology Today.