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While getting in touch with a clinical psychologist may often feel necessary, it isn’t always easy to find a professional you can connect to or feel comfortable with. This can often build a communication barrier between you and your psychologist. As a result, you may feel like lowering your contribution, and in turn hinder your betterment.

At Cadabams, we understand your need for connecting with a psychologist who you can trust for their empathy, knowledge and experience. Thus, we ensure that all our clinical psychologists are the best at what they do; which is helping their clients lead a better life.

Book an appointment and have a word with one of our clinical psychologists about how you want to improve your life.


What is a Clinical Psychologist? / Difference between Clinical Psychologist and Psychiatrist / What does a Clinical Psychologist do? / When to see a Clinical Psychologist? / Conditions that Clinical Psychologists treat /


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I have been consulting the doctors at Cadabam’s for over 6 months now for my father who has dementia. The doctors and staff at the hospital are very polite and kind and have provided excellent support and care right from day one. They not only explain the treatment plan thoroughly but also take out the time to make sure we understand complications and side effects that could come along the way. If you or your loved one is dealing with any mental health issues, I highly recommend Cadabam’s.

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I have observed great improvements in my son who has autism. The treatment plan created by the doctors has helped reduce the symptoms and he now is slowly learning new skills that assist him in his day-to-day activities. I cannot thank the team at Cadabam’s enough for giving my son the opportunity to have a happy and healthy childhood.

Excellent doctors, excellent team of medical staff, excellent facilities. From the people to the facilities and infrastructure, Cadabam’s has everything you need to address and improve your mental health illnesses.

I’m extremely grateful to the doctors and the entire team at Cadabams for creating an action plan to help me with my anxiety. I was finding it very difficult to maintain a social life and even focus on my career because of my severe anxiety. But now that I have been meeting with the team for over a year, I can proudly say that I have gotten much better at understanding and dealing with my anxiety. Thank you Cadabam’s!

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What is a Clinical Psychologist?

The branch of clinical psychology is a professional field that is an integration of science, applications of psychological theory and working models and clinical knowledge. This knowledge is particularly channeled into understanding, diagnosing and subsequently treating any mental distress or disorder.

A clinical psychologist needs to earn a doctorate in psychology, complete supervised clinical work, and pass a state licensure examination. A licensed clinical psychologist requires a Ph.D. or a Psy.D in clinical psychology.

They need to have a host of specific skills that they employ in their work, including:

  • Ability to do research and collect data to get an understanding of patient history
  • Consulting with other behavioral and health professionals and organizations about violence, suicide, and other tendencies so as to understand crucial aspects of patient behavior
  • Possessing knowledge of various types of mental illness and how to diagnose and treat them
  • Understanding the relationship between mental health issues and other underlying conditions

Difference between Clinical Psychologist and Psychiatrist

Psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors are all trained in providing psychotherapeutic interventions to counsel people suffering from mental illnesses or emotional distress. However, there are important differences between the professions in terms of educational qualifications and responsibilities to treat patients.


They have a requirement of obtaining a master’s degree or higher in the counseling of mental health or marriage therapy or family therapy. They work in private practices, mental health clinics, or in educational or professional settings like in schools or offices.

Counsellors generally help in assessing patients and helping them to cope through talk therapy in a confidential environment where assistance can be provided for people having issues such as anxiety, relationship issues, sexual disorders, eating disorders, life changes or substance abuse, However, it is a requisite in most states for a professional counselor to be licensed in order for them to practice.

Clinical psychologists:

Similar to professional counsellors, they are trained in the assessment and diagnosis of people suffering from mental, emotional or psychological disorders. However, it is in their professional capacity to provide psychological or diagnostic tests as well as cognitive therapy to treat their patients as well as consult with medical professionals for a medication of their patients.

Clinical Psychologist Doctors usually have doctoral degrees (Ph.D., Mphil, Psy.D., or Ed.D.) and can conduct scientific research or train to get a license for the practice. This means that psychologists gather experience through seven years of graduate training after their four years of college by gathering experience through internships and apprenticeships under the supervision of licensed psychologists.


They are medical doctors who are specialized in treating and diagnosing patients suffering from mood disorders as well as other cognitive illnesses.

One of the main differences between other psychotherapy professions is that psychiatrists are licensed doctors who can prescribe medication as well as provide other services such as psychotherapy as well.

Despite these confusing differences, sometimes a patient may need to work along with counsellors, clinical psychologists, and psychiatrists simultaneously based on the condition and the treatment protocol.

They are overlapping professions and one may refer to the other to bridge certain treatment gaps that may arise in their modality. For example, if a patient is benefiting more from a therapeutic approach then the majority of their treatment will be conducted by a counsellor. However, if a medical intervention is needed and drugs are to be prescribed, a clinical psychologist is consulted to ensure that the right support can be given in terms of pharmacological interventions.

What does a Clinical Psychologist do?

A clinical psychologist is a health care professional who has been trained in psychological assessment, psychological evaluation and diagnosis of emotional, behavioral and mental illnesses.

A clinical psychologist does not prescribe medications to treat mental illness; rather they use therapies such as- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), REBT, Interpersonal therapy, family therapy, insight building, counselling, and psychoanalytic therapy.

They are trained to help people through various ages experiencing myriad psychological problems that hamper their lives and relationships. The psychologists provide a supportive and confidential environment for individuals or a group of individuals to discuss and diagnose the possibility of any mental health issues.

In this article, we will learn in detail about the role of clinical psychologists in helping patients cure depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.

When to see a Clinical Psychologist?

In many cases, people are not sure if their symptoms are serious enough to see a psychologist. Every time you feel that you are having trouble dealing with situations that you could easily handle before, it means that you might be in need of therapy. Therapy helps clear the mind, letting the patient think clearly and hence make better informed decisions.

Here are some of the instances on which the patient should consider treatment from Clinical Psychologist Doctor.

  • Feeling overwhelmed in terms of taking decisions, in career or in life.
  • Difficulties in relationships with family as well as issues with body image
  • Depression or anxiety about illness, treatment or any medical procedures or future
  • Feelings of grief and bereavement
  • The failure to get over the death or loss of a close family member or a friend

Conditions that Clinical Psychologists treat

Major treatment approaches in clinical psychology include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Treatment:

According to the British Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapies, “Cognitive and behavioral psychotherapies are a range of therapies based on concepts and principles derived from psychological models of human emotion and behavior.

They include a wide range of treatment approaches for emotional disorders, along with a continuum from structured individual psychotherapy to self-help material.”

The main concept behind Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is that our thoughts and feelings about external stimuli in life play a fundamental role in our behavior.

The goal of this type of therapy is to make the patient understand that even though they cannot take control of every aspect and incident happening in their life, they can change their perception and reaction to it. In this way, they can interpret and deal with their surroundings in a way that is healthier.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective therapy that addresses most of the mental health conditions. Clinical Psychologists use CBT to address issues like Depression, Anxiety, Panic attack, Stress, Chronic pain, Eating disorders, Sleep disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Specific Phobias, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Addiction-related issues.

There are various types of cognitive behavioral therapy. Some of these types include the following:

  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy(REBT):this type of CBT is about identifying and altering irrational beliefs.
  • Cognitive Therapy: This form of therapy focuses on changing inaccurate or distorted thinking patterns, emotional responses, and behaviors.
  • Multimodal Therapy: This suggests that psychological issues must be treated by addressing seven different but interconnected modalities, which are behavior, affect, sensation, imagery, cognition, interpersonal factors and drug/biological considerations.

Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT)

CBT is a private, supportive process, which can help people to:

  • Feel listened to and validated, feel their experiences, thoughts and feelings matter
  • Be encouraged and have their strengths, and choices acknowledged
  • Identify goals and learn strategies to achieve them
  • Heal emotionally if they have experienced a loss or traumatic event
  • Gain valuable information and awareness about issues affecting their life
  • Develop approaches to enjoy life and relations, and handle problems better.

As a psychotherapeutic approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps individuals to learn new skills to deal with dysfunctional behaviors and emotions. This kind of therapy is used by Clinical Psychologists for both for individuals and groups to train them in recovering from addiction, depression, panic attacks, anxiety disorder and other phobias.

Psychoanalytic Therapy:

The Psychoanalytic Therapy method is the most widely-used method of therapy. The goal of psychoanalytic therapy is to help patients better understand the unconscious tendencies that can play a role in their current behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. This particular treatment method is based on the work and theories of Sigmund Freud.

Psychoanalytic therapy delves into how the unconscious mind influences thoughts, mood and behaviors of the patient. Often, the main tools of the theory is to dive deep into the root causes of the person’s life in order to find out what incidents have shaped them into the way that they are.

When therapists perform psychoanalysis, they need to often look into the early childhood experiences of the patient in order to discover how those old events might have shaped the individual. The idea is to draw a map of the patient’s experiences and understand how these events can be responsible for making him act like they are doing currently.