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What Do Clinical Psychologists Do?

Research findings suggest that psychological treatment not only improves psychological symptoms, but also can have an independent effect on physical health.

Psychology is about what it is to be human. At the heart of being human are our relationships – with others, with the world around us and with our self. Our relationships give us the sense of who we are in the world. They influence what we believe is possible and expect from life. Healthy relationships are core to our mental health, wellbeing and happiness. Clinical psychologists work at the level of relationships.

Human beings experience life through the interplay of thoughts, emotions, values, beliefs, experiences and behaviour – all in the context of an ever-changing world. Clinical psychologists are skilled in understanding how these dynamics operate and impact our quality of life.

What are the accreditation requirements for clinical psychologists

Clinical psychologists undergo rigorous university training, practice and clinical supervision, requiring a minimum of eight years to practice as a clinical psychologist. Psychology is a regulated profession, requiring registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Psychologists are required to practice according to a strict code of ethics which includes using evidence-based treatment approaches. The ethical code is designed to protect you and ensure you receive the highest quality of service. In addition, psychologists are required to maintain ongoing professional development.

Psychotherapy is not a “one-size-fits-all” and there are many psychological approaches that can be used to bring about desired change. Psychologists have a duty of care, which includes ensuring that you are fully informed about and consent to treatment recommendations. This means that you have a right to ask questions to ensure that you are satisfied and comfortable with the advice you are being given.


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