What is a Clinical Psychologist?

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A clinical psychologist is someone who has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and then further postgraduate training in Clinical Psychology.  This postgraduate training is a Doctorate and it involves theoretical and practical understanding of how mental health difficulties present across the lifespan, what psychological theories influence this (e.g attachment theory, learning theory, cognitive theory, behavioural theory to name but a few) and how this links to clinical practice.

Psychological therapy is meant to treat a mental health condition or help a young person manage their symptoms so that they can function well at home, in school, and in their community.


When children are young, it is common for therapy to include the parent. Sometimes therapists work with the parents alone. Older children may meet with a therapist alone as well. Some types of therapy include working with the whole family.

Parent-focused approaches typically mean that parents talk with the therapist about the child’s behaviour and feelings. Psychological therapy with children can include talking, playing, or other activities to help the child express feelings and thoughts. Therapists may also observe parents and children together and then make suggestions for finding different ways to react.

 

About Dr Jo Christie

Jo has 14 years experience of working in the NHS specialising in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She now offers private consultation and therapy alongside an ongoing CAMHS role. Jo aims to offer professional, effective and timely support to children and young people. She works with a variety of social, emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties. Jo is experienced in supporting families with their relationships, communication and parenting confidence. She is also interested in autism and is skilled in adapting interventions for this client group and helping families to think about initial signs that an autism assessment may be warranted.


Jo works with; 
Childhood emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Working with family systems

Trauma and loss

Adjustment to life events

Anxiety difficulties

Low mood and depression

This list is not exhaustive so please contact Jo directly if you wish help with something not listed.

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Therapeutic Approach

Jo engages with a range of evidence based psychological models and therapies to provide collaborative assessment and treatment based upon an understanding of individual difficulties and that factors which maintain these including:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Narrative Approaches

Systemic Approaches

Attachment focussed

 

Training & Qualifications

Jo has completed an undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Glasgow, followed by a masters level qualification in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People from University of Edinburgh.

She studied the doctorate degree in clinical psychology at Newcastle University.


Jo is a member of the Health Care & Professionals Council (HCPC number PYL36148) and is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society. Jo has an enhanced PVG Scotland disclosure certificate (children & adults.)

The title 'Clinical Psychologist' is protected, which means Jo meets very high standards for therapeutic practice, unlike terms such as 'psychologist' or counsellor' which are unregulated.