The Med Shed

Clinical Psychologist

THE WORKING DAY

You work at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, offering counselling, therapy and advice to people with mental health problems. You begin the day meeting with colleagues including other psychologists, nurses and psychiatrists to discuss the progress of your patients.

Your first patient of the day is a teenage girl with an eating disorder, referred to you by her GP. You carry out psychometric tests and try to establish why she is feeling and acting negatively. You also speak to the girl’s family and recommend regular counselling sessions.

You assess several more patients throughout the day, including a challenging session with an alcoholic mother. You finish at 5pm, having enjoyed gaining insights into human behaviour and personality.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You’re genuinely interested in the feelings of others and are fascinated by human behaviour. You can empathise with people and understand their feelings easily.

WHAT'S NEXT?

After gaining a minimum of five 9-4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE (or the equivalent), you’ll need to apply for at least two A-Levels — psychology can be useful but is not essential.

You’ll need at least two A-Levels (or the equivalent) — psychology can be useful but is not essential — and be ready to apply for a BPS-accredited degree course in psychology. After your degree, you’ll need to go onto further postgraduate study in clinical psychology.