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A Psychiatrist is a Medical Doctor who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and psychological conditions. The average Consultant Psychiatrist in the UK would have trained for at least 8 years after medical school with an exposure to a broad spectrum of patients and disorders in a variety of settings. Recogntion of training would be through admission to the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the award of of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).
A Psychologist is a Mental Health professional who holds a University degree in Psychology. The primary tool of a Psychologist is talking therapy and they are generally unable to prescribe medications. There are a number of schools of thought within Psychology and different types of therapies. The titles Psychotherapist, Psychoanalyst,Therapist, Counsellor reflect this diversity.
We are qualified to diagnose and treat most mental and psychological condition in the Adult Population (18+). This can be a complicated evolving process that requires a period of assessment and follow-up. Once this is completed, our role would be to either provide treatment directly, which would be the case generally, and/or refer you on for more specialised interventions. Finding the appropriate service for your condition can often be challenging in itself and our promise is to support you through it
Our Clinicians are trained within the framework of the Bio-Psycho-Social model that is applied recommended by The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK that gathers the best research evidence on the effectiveness and safety of available treatment.. We only prescribe medications when necessary and advise against it if appropriate. We are often able to use psychological strategies to help our patients overcome their problems or direct them to qualified therapists for that specific purpose.
Open dialogue is essential to the patient-doctor relationship. From our experience, there could be a number of reasons why a patient's condition fails to improve at the desired pace or to the expected level. Your Doctor will monitor your progress and use your feedback to make the necessary changes in medications or alter the treatment plan.