Clinical psychologist

Female sitting and talking in a group

A day as a clinical psychologist

You work at your local mental health trust, offering counselling, therapy and advice to a wide-range of 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.

After the meeting you see your first patient of the day who is a teenage girl who has been referred to you by her GP as they are suffering from an eating disorder. 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 5.00pm, having enjoying engaging with such a wide variety of people and gaining insights into human behaviour and personality.