What problems can I take to a clinical psychologist?

Most people see a clinical psychologist because they are feeling sad, worried, angry or in some other way upset. The types of things people go to a psychologist for include the following (and many others):

  • Anger outbursts
  • Anxiety, worry, panics, phobias
  • Childhood abuse
  • Chronic pain
  • Coping with physical health problems
  • Depression, sadness and grief
  • Dissatisfaction with quality of life
  • Eating problems
  • Family, couple or relationship problems
  • Life crises or changes (e.g. redundancy, relationship break-up, having a baby, retirement)
  • Problems of teenagers (e.g. becoming independent, fitting in)
  • Problems with alcohol, prescription medicines and other drugs
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Stress
  • Tantrums, emotional disturbance, bedwetting, truancy etc. in children
  • Trauma – assault, rape, sexual assault
  • Work-related problems

Psychological therapy is a partnership between an individual and a professional such as a psychologist who is trained to help people understand their feelings and assist them with changing their behaviour. According to research, about one-third of adults experience an emotional or substance abuse problem. Nearly 25 percent of the adult population suffers at some point from depression or anxiety.

For more information download the pamphlet "How Effective is Psychological Therapy"