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Clinical Psychology, therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) explained. Plus, useful links for further understanding.
Clinical Psychology, therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy
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Clinical Psychology and Therapy

Clinical Psychologists have extensive doctoral level training in providing therapy. They are trained in a variety of therapeutic models including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and can discuss a range of different psychological treatments with you. They have experience of working with a wide range of people across the lifespan, including children, adolescents, adults and older adults and work with individuals, couples, families and groups. Crucially, their understanding of a person’s difficulties will draw on a range of theoretical understandings that can be combined together to provide a coherent account which we call a formulation. For example, an understanding of difficulties would want to take into account, biology and genetics, upbringing, negative life events, past and current key relationships and how you think about yourself, other people around you and the world in general.


Therapy can be a bit of a mystery to a lot of people and in our experience there are often incorrect ideas about what it might involve. We can draw on a variety of psychological theory to understand what might be happening and consider if alternative ways of thinking about things or behaving are helpful.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is the main treatment intervention as it has been proven to work for many different psychological difficulties. It has been provided for many years by each of our Clinical Psychologists. CBT examines in detail the thoughts, feelings and behaviour you have in response to events in your life. Specifically, the meaning an event has for someone, essentially how they are thinking about it, often determines their reaction and feelings about the event which in turn relates to how they behave.

Underlying philosophy

Psychological problems exist on a continuum and change over time and we are all likely to experience stress, anxiety or low mood at some time in our lives. Most human behaviour is understandable if you know the person, their family situation, social and work background. Psychological problems rarely have a single cause and are often an interaction between you and the environment over a period of time.


Psychiatric diagnostic terms (i.e. depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder) provide a shorthand sketch of the symptoms but do not tell us much about the nature of the persons difficulty as one person’s depression will be very different to another’s. Similarly, diagnostic terms do not indicate what will be the most effective treatment for that person. This is why Clinical Psychologists use formulation to convey their understanding of the problem to the person.


People vary in what they find helpful, some people find medication helps, others want to talk about difficulties and others do not. There is no right or wrong, the important thing is to find what works for you. The therapeutic service at RPS is not one size fits all, but tailored to fit you and your own values and beliefs.

Useful Links


Anger Management:

Bipolar Disorder:


Depression Alliance:

Drug Abuse:

Drugs- Talk to Frank:

Eating Disorders:

National Association for Mental Health:




Self Harm:


Workplace Bullying:

Workplace Stress:

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