Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour. It is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and reasons that trigger that behaviour. Psychologists  and psychiatrists deal with a wide range of mental health issues however unlike psychiatrists, a psychologist does not prescribe medication.

Areas of Psychology:

  • Clinical Psychology; covers a wide range of mental health issues including addiction, anxiety, depression, difficulties with learning and complex relationship issues.
  • Health Psychology; specially trained psychologists use their combined knowledge of health and psychology to promote well-being and understand physical illness.
  • Forensic Psychology; is concerned with the psychological aspects of legal processes in courts and looks at the psychological problems that are associated with criminal behaviour.
  • Sports Psychology; deals with assisting athletes to prepare psychologically for the demands of competition and training. They may also help referees, coaches and any person involved within a competitive sporting environment.
  • Neuropsychology; working with people of any age who have suffered any type of traumatic brain injury including strokes, tumours and neurodegenerative disorders in both assessment of the injury and the rehabilitation of the patient.
  • Counselling Psychology; looks at a broad spectrum of mental health problems involving life issues such as bereavement, domestic violence, sexual abuse, trauma and relationship issues.
  • Occupational Psychology; looks at the performance of employees within the workplace and aims to increase the performance of the organisation and increase the job satisfaction of the employees.
  • Educational Psychology; primarily concerned with children and young people in educational and early years environments who may be experiencing issues that may affect their chances of learning.

Where do Psychologists work?

Depending on the discipline of psychology chosen, a psychologist could work from a number of different facilities including:

hospitals • local health centres • social services • prisons • private hospitals • schools and universities • public and private businesses • industry • prison services • probation services • research units • health research units • local authorities • independent practices • professional sports teams or sports governing bodies • rehabilitation centres • the civil service • nurseries

How can a Psychologist help you?

Many people seek the help of a psychologist for any number of problems that affect their ability to cope with life in general, whether you have issues relating to stress, depression, bullying, brain injury or trauma.

About The British Psychological Society

The British Psychological Society has been around for over 100 years and is a registered charity who oversee both psychology and psychologists in the UK. They are responsible for the promotion of excellence and ethical practice within the science, education and practical applications of psychology.

Their website provides detailed and practical information for the public and for psychology professionals or those who are looking to become a psychologist in the UK.

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