Clinical Psychology

What is Clinical Psychology?

Clinical Psychologists at Hope have a wide range of skills in the assessment, treatment and management of the psychological difficulties that can present in adolescence. We carry out assessments to identify the young person’s strengths and difficulties and help to build an understanding of the causes and factors that might be contributing to the current concerns. We can also undertake psychometric testing to help identify any learning needs that may be contributing to the young person’s overall presentation.

What are the aims of Clinical Psychology and how may it help?

We aim to promote emotional well-being and personal development and to reduce psychological distress and difficulties. We provide individual psychotherapy sessions as well as running psycho-educational or therapeutic groups for the young people in the day service. The focus of the group work depends upon the needs of the young people at any one time but includes themes such as self-esteem, stress reduction and coping skills. We also contribute to the family work taking place which can be an important addition to the input already being offered to the young person. We draw creatively on a range of psychological models and techniques to find ways forward for our young people. These include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Systemic Therapy and Psychodynamic models.