What are Clinical Psychology Services?
Clinical psychology is focused on evaluating an individual’s mental health through psychological testing and assessment and delivering relevant interventions.
Clinical psychology services aim to provide mental health services to people of all ages and backgrounds. Individuals may seek clinical psychology services to manage their anxiety, depression or chronic conditions that are affecting their emotional or physical well-being or short-term issues.
Clinical psychology services also include mental health services such as self-development, mindfulness, anger management, life adjustment, parenting, etc. Overall, clinical psychology services aim to provide everyone with ongoing and comprehensive mental and behavioural health care.
Clinical psychology services are carried out by clinical psychologists, who are experts in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders, emotional disorders and behavioural issues. These specialists have received advanced training in the evaluation, diagnosis, formulation and psychological treatment of mental, emotional and behavioural issues in patients of all ages.
Clinical psychology services available at Mindcentric
During a psychological consultation, the goal is to gather as much information as possible about the patient, such as their medical, family and educational history. This is to better plan for additional assessments or interventions.
Psychoeducation is aimed at educating patients, parents, or family members about mental disorders or behaviours. Psychotherapy may provide patients with practical tools for dealing with their problems. By understanding why a coping skill could be beneficial and how it works, patients are more likely to follow through and use the skill effectively when building coping abilities.
Other clinical psychology services include:
- Grief and loss
- Work-life issues
- Interpersonal/relationship problems
- Pain management
- Parenting skills
Assessment & Diagnosis
Patients are usually assessed during the first session through an interview, which includes background information, family, culture, education, medical records, medical evaluation, observational data and so on.
Psychotherapy or talk therapy involves discussing mental health issues with a psychiatrist, clinical psychologist or other mental health professionals. In a psychotherapy session, patients will learn more about their condition and their moods, thoughts and behaviours. Patients will also be assisted on how to manage their life and cope with difficult situations by using healthy coping skills over several sessions of psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy can be conducted in a variety of settings, including:
- Individual therapy
- Couple therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Child therapy
What to expect from a psychotherapy session
At the first psychotherapy session, the therapist will gather information regarding the patient’s physical and emotional health concerns. Based on the information gathered, the clinical psychologist will identify the most appropriate course of action to address the patient’s issues.
The first session may allow patients to gain some information regarding the following:
- What type of therapy will be used
- The treatment’s end goal
- The length of each session
- How many therapy sessions might be required
Anytime during your session, don't hesitate to ask questions. A good fit with your therapist is essential for effective psychotherapy sessions.
Benefits of attending therapy
Everyone can benefit through therapy as they are not limited to individuals with mental health conditions. The goal of therapy is to inspire change and improve the quality of life through self-awareness and self-exploration. Some common benefits of therapy include the following:
- better communication skills
- making healthier choices
- developing coping strategies to manage distress
- identifying ways to find healthy support
- resolving conflict
- rebuilding trust
- learning how to support each other through difficult times
- forming a stronger bond
At Mindcentric in ParkCity Medical Centre (PMC), you are under the best care of a group of experienced psychiatrists, and clinical psychologists with clinical experiences in mental health conditions. Our team will tailor a support plan that best suits your individual needs.