Mental health professionals

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Mental health professionals

Choosing the right Mental Health Professionals may feel challenging and daunting with such a huge choice of specialists to choose from, however, at My Family Psychologist, we make it easy for you. When you get in touch with us and let us know what is happening we will connect you with the most suitable psychologist possible who will support and provide what you need.

Below is the range of psychologists and psychology specialisms that we have access to.

Here we describe a range of mental health related professions in order that you can make an informed choice about selecting the right one for you and your family.

Over 50% of mental health disorders are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24 (Mental Health Foundation, 2022)

Assistant Psychologists

Assistant psychologists assist psychologists to enhance the psychological health of service users. The work involves applying methods and conducting tests to assess a patient’s needs, devising treatment programmes and delivery therapy, monitoring a patient’s progress and carrying out research, keeping statistical records, using psychometric tests.

Trainee Psychologists

Trainee psychologists have been accepted onto competitive and rigorous training routes into becoming trained psychologists. They have usually completed a great deal of psychology related work before they are accepted onto a programme. For example, they will likely have worked as assistant psychologists for a number of years in a variety of posts. They may have worked into inpatient wards, outpatient hospitals, across the criminal justice system, and have already demonstrated a significant level of autonomous practice during this. They continue to be supervised closely by qualified psychologists however.


A psychologist does clinical assessments which can help determine which psychological therapy would be best suited to you. Psychologists also give consultations, advice and supervision to other professionals involved in your treatment or care.

Most Psychologists are usually trained to doctorate level and have robust training adhering to continuing professional development.

CAHMS Practitioners

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) also sometimes referred to as Children and Young People’s Services (CYPS) practitioners comprise a range of professions from nurses to occupational therapists to art therapists. CAMHS is a specialism in the NHS. They specifically work with children from birth to 18 years of age, though typically more between the ages of five and upwards. CAMHS services have a crisis team attached to them which can be accessed by any concerned parents or guardians who have concerns about a child’s mental wellbeing.

Counsellors and Therapists

Counsellor’s provide a ‘talking therapy’ where they invite you to talk about your thoughts and feelings. The counsellor discusses coping strategies and working towards agreed goals. This could be because of relationship difficulties, grief or to help them deal with everyday life. A therapist is someone who provides psychological treatments. There are many types of therapists, with different levels of training, skills and experience.

Family Therapists

A family therapist might help you to work through difficulties with members of your family. A relationship therapist may help with improving your interpersonal skills. They meet with entire families and individually with family members to assist families in functioning more effectively.

Forensic Psychologists

Forensic psychologists work with all aspects of the criminal justice system from the psychological aspects of investigation and legal process through to offending behaviour and application of psychological methods to reduce the impact of this and future re-offending. Forensic Psychologists pilot and implement new treatment programmes, providing hard research evidence to support practice, undertaking statistical analysis for prisoner profiling, giving expert evidence in court, advising parole boards and mental health tribunals and conducting crime analysis.

Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists are trained to help with getting you back to daily activities such as work, study, cooking and cleaning, transport and socialising. Some have extra training or experience in mental health. They can design activities to help with independence, come up with coping strategies and help with improving social skills.

Play Specialists

Play Specialists use therapeutic play techniques to help children from birth to their transition into adulthood, to understand their medical and/or psychological condition, treatment and its impact on their daily life.


Psychiatrists are medically trained doctors who have developed a specialism in mental health. They have initially trained as doctors then chosen psychiatry as a specialism like cardiology or surgery for example. Psychiatrists are able to prescribe medication that may be relevant for your difficulties such as depression for example.


Psychotherapists help people to overcome stress, emotional and relationship problems or troublesome habits. Psychotherapy is often called a ‘talking therapy’ and helps clients explore and express their thought processes, feelings and behaviour. Sessions with clients can cover a range of issues, including: emotional issues, such as anger or grief, mental ill health, for example anxiety and depression, behavioural issues, eating disorders and addiction.

Psychological Well Being Practitioners

Psychological wellbeing practitioners are trained to assess and support people with common mental health problems using a range of psychological interventions, especially anxiety disorders and depression which present in primary care. PWPs assist individuals in the self-management of their recovery.  PWPs work closely with other healthcare professionals including high intensity therapists, IAPT counsellors and employment advisers. Treatment can be delivered on a one-to-one basis either face to face, via telephone, online or in a group setting.

Relationship Counsellor / Therapists

A relationship counsellor is someone who offers advice and guidance to couples, married or otherwise, or encourages the client to find answers to the problems themselves. The counsellor can operate as an intermediary in an attempt to reconcile differences between two people, or to improve generally the prospects in the relationship.

If you would like to know more about how My Family Psychologist can help, call us on 07801 079555 or email

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