What is Clinical Psychology?
For my post this week, I thought I would talk a bit about something that I get asked at least once a day. Clients, especially in my NHS job, always want to know exactly what it is that I do, and what it means to be a clinical psychologist. If I'm honest, I often struggle to answer them - it's hard to distill down exactly what I do into a snappy sound-bite, because psychology is quite complicated. But just for you, I'm going to try to explain what it is that clinical psychologists do, to give you more of an idea of what you might get from seeing a psychologist. This is by no means an exhaustive post, but it's a start.
Four Things About Chronic Illness
As a clinical psychologist, I love working with people with chronic physical health conditions. It's interesting, frustrating, difficult, rewarding work - for both me and my clients! This week, I've been thinking about the things people say to me the most often, and how I usually respond.
We've all bought a new bag, or a new car, or a new shiny item that we thought would make us happy. So why does that "new object" shine never last? This week, I'm going to talk about hedonic adaptation, why it might be undermining your achievements, and what you can do about it.
Last week we had a think about some of the differences between acute and chronic stress, and how the nervous system works. This week, we're going to look at some general ways of managing stress.
Dr Sarah Blackshaw: Clinical Psychologist, blogger, tea drinker, interested in dinosaurs and shiny objects