Psychology

Psychology is a branch of medicine which deals with mental processes including emotional and behavioural problems. The aim is to understand the way human beings think and behave as individuals and in groups. They also look at the role physical processes in the body have on emotional and psychological actions.

They explore different mental processes such as memory, attention span, personality, emotions and interpersonal relationships. These aspects of our behaviour provide clues to the way the mind works.

Our psychology clinics at Harley Street are staffed by highly skilled and experienced psychologists and psychotherapists who are experts in their field. They are accredited by the appropriate regulatory bodies and organisations and abide by a strong code of ethics in matters relating to mental health.

Branches of psychology

Psychology is a broad based science comprised of the following disciplines:

  • Behavioural psychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Occupational psychology
  • Social psychology

They provide a range of therapies and counselling but are unable to prescribe medication. That has to be prescribed by a psychiatrist or other medical professional.

Psychology treatment

Psychologists treat a range of conditions which occur due to stresses and strains of modern life. They use cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) amongst other forms of therapy which encourages patients to develop coping strategies when faced with a stressful situation. The goal is to change from a negative standpoint to a positive outlook.

They work closely with you to help you change unhelpful or obstructive patterns of behaviour that have caused your condition. This is done in a sympathetic, non-judgemental manner and at a pace to suit you.

They use a range of therapies such as CBT to treat the following conditions:

  • Anger
  • Bereavement
  • Depersonalisation disorder
  • General anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes and cancer
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual abuse
  • Stress
  • Work stress/problems

You may undergo a single therapy session or a number of sessions. It all depends upon your condition.