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Clinical psychologist

Clinical psychologists help people to deal with mental health issues, phobias and addiction.

Potential salary

£31,365 to £44,503

Employment by 2024

+4.68%

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

  • knowledge of psychology
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • analytical thinking skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent written communication skills
  • concentration skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

In this job, you'll:

  • assess clients’ needs through interviews, tests and observations
  • decide on the most appropriate treatments, like therapy or counselling
  • plan treatment programmes
  • work with clients in groups or individually
  • go to case conferences
  • carry out research
  • work closely with other professionals like doctors
  • produce legal reports and act as an expert witness in court

You could work in an NHS or private hospital, at a client's home, at a university or at a health centre.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

You could work with particular groups like children, young offenders or people with addictions.

With further training, you could specialise in clinical neuropsychology, or move into research or university teaching.

You might also work as a freelance consultant, advising other professionals and clients, or set up your own psychology practice.

You’ll find more about careers in clinical psychology from The British Psychological Society and Health Careers.

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