Individuals who practice clinical psychology as a profession are referred to as clinical psychologists. Clinical psychology is a psychological speciality that deals with providing comprehensive and continued behavioural and mental healthcare to affected individuals and families.
Sometimes clinical psychologists provide consultations to communities and specific agencies, are involved in training other psychologists, perform research-based practice, or teach students of psychology.
The scope of clinical psychology involves people of all ages, different systems and multiple diversities.
Work of a Clinical Psychologist
Typically, clinical psychologists deal with wide-ranging mental and physical health issues such as anxiety, depression, learning difficulties, relationship problems, and depression, among others. They work to promote well-being in the individuals they treat.
A clinical psychologist uses different methods such as clinical interviews, directly observing the behaviour of the patient, and psychometric assessment, to assess the condition of their patient.
Thereafter, they pick the best method to work with the patient. The treatment may start with advice or a recommendation for therapy or counselling for the patient. Any therapeutic intervention recommended by a qualified clinical psychologist is approved by the appropriate regulatory body.
Problems Handled By a Clinical Psychologist
Clinical psychology addresses mental health and behavioural issues faced by individuals across their lifespan such as:
· Emotional, intellectual, psychological, behavioural and social maladjustment.
· Disability, discomfort.
· Issues ranging from minor adjustment problems to severe psychopathology.
How Clinical Psychology Helps
The different areas in which a clinical psychologist works are cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal therapy, etc. the therapy is chosen depending on the individual to be treated. Using one or more therapies, a clinical psychologist addresses negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviour.
The patient, in turn, tries to clarify with the psychologist the issues that are troubling them and also learns coping skills that will help them to handle problematic behaviour. This facilitates a deeper insight into the problem and works positively if the patient wants to change for the better.
Benefits of Treating Mental Issues with Clinical Psychology
• Reduces stress in the patient
• Heals the mind battered by traumas in the past
• Promotes a sense of well-being
• Improves relationships at work and home
• Reduces intrusive thoughts and helps to manage maladaptive coping mechanisms
The goals of clinical psychology are eliminating the symptoms that cause mental distress in an individual, getting deeper insight into the problems they are facing, understanding them better, and teaching them better coping skills.
Clinical Psychologists unravel the triggers and apply strategies to prevent any relapse of problematic behaviour in the future. The keys to success in this endeavour are Motivation to get better, commitment, and individual responsibility.
Clinical Psychologists at Softmind
The team of clinical psychologists in Softmind is experienced and each of the members is qualified for the job. They offer a wide range of mental health treatments for patients in their centres which are located in the cities of Kochi, Calicut, Kannur, and other places in Kerala.
At Softmind, we provide a safe environment where you can discuss your problems freely with our clinical psychologists. They will strive to help you overcome all the challenges that you are currently facing.
Clinical psychologists at Softmind are specially trained to customize the treatment approach for every single client having different mental health, anxiety and trauma issues. The goals of treatment vary according to the individual circumstances and the problems.
Softmind’s clinical psychologists have the qualifications, values, experience, and expertise to provide exceptional standards of treatment, service, and care to those who approach them. Our team of clinical psychologists are immensely approachable and can recommend the perfect integrated care package for those who come to us for treatment.
At Softmind, we also offer private mental health care services for self-referred patients as well as those who come to us as referrals from general practitioners or psychiatrists.
We provide the following therapies in our institution:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Analytical Therapy(CAT)
Compassion-Focussed Therapy (CFT)
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Mindfulness and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Professional clinical psychologists at Softmind treat a variety of mental issues such as:
• Bereavement and loss
• Depression, anxiety and stress
• Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Employment issues
• Relationship Issues
• Communication problems
• Eating disorders
• Traumatic life events
• Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
Benefits of Treatment at Softmind
• Clinical psychology treatment programmes are offered to individuals as well as groups
• We offer inpatient, day patient and outpatient consultations
• We have an experienced team with adequate expertise to treat different mental issues
• We listen to our patients and take the time to understand their problems clearly
• Our clinical psychologists strive to establish deep therapeutic partnerships with the patients to get the best outcomes.