So Walsall, what is Clinical Psychology and how might it help you
13th November 2014
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To start with let's find out what a Clinical Psychologist is.

A Clinical Psychologist is a highly trained specialist working in the therapeutic application of the scientific study of human thought and behavior. Registered Psychology is a legally regulated professional made up of who has a postgraduate qualification. Clinical psychologists are trained by the NHS, just like doctors and nurses, and most work there too, many also work in private practice.

Registered clinical psychologists have a degree in psychology plus an additional three to five years of postgraduate experience and university training in applying the science of psychology to clinical problems. It takes a minimum of six years to qualify as a registered clinical psychologist, and the qualification that Registered clinical psychologists hold is a doctorate in clinical psychology.

Dr Nick Johl is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who specialises in work with both children and adults in helping them overcome a range of mental health difficulties. Nick uses a number of different approaches in my work with the aim of providing an efficient and trustworthy therapy style. Graduating with a BSc Psychology from Leeds Metropolitan University 2008, Dr Johl holds a Doctorate (D.Clin Psych) in Clinical Psychology gained from Coventry and Warwick Universities 2013.


Next let's look at who might benefit from treatment by a Clinical psychologist.  Clinical Psychology has helped a wide range of people of all ages with all sorts of problems, for example those with particular emotional or mental health problems, such as depression or schizophrenia, bi-polar effective disorder. Others patients may have been seen because of difficulties with their thoughts, which can take many forms, such as problems with memory or perception after a head injury, a learning disability or dementia.

A clinical Psychologist may treat people living with health conditions such as HIV, cancer or chronic pain, assisting people who have difficulties in sustaining relationships or both victims, survivors and perpetrators of abuse.

In determining a treatment plan, a Dr Johl will consider what scientific research says about its probable cause and what will be likely to help. Then based on this a plan including how many sessions and which specific approaches / techniques to use will be developed. A session with a Nick will take up to an hour and will be both private and confidential (as set out with law and good practice and with the same limitations as a GP), although under some circumstances others such as family members or carer's may be present, but it is usually one to one. Usually a session will be either an assessment or part of an on-going treatment plan.

Nick is approachable and offers a relaxed and friendly style of interaction very appropriate for work with children and young people, and his supportive manner is particularly valued by parents facing the difficulties of coping with challenging behaviour. Dr Johls aim is to work alongside both adults and children and equipping them with the skills to overcome emotional and psychological difficulties.

The following areas of work are specifically welcome by Nick


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Person Centered Therapy

Narrative Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy

Staff Training

Functional Behavioral Analysis


The following workshops are available from time to time facilitated by Dr Johl:

Understanding complex trauma in children

Child Brain Development

PACE model of therapy

Understanding Anxiety

Understanding Depression

Understanding the function of challenging behavior

Understanding how to work with people suffering with Dementia






About the Author

Andrea is a Clinical Hypnotherapist specialising in Holistic Health and Wellbeing, Andrea is the Centre Manager and principal therapist at Walsall Mind and Body Centre, Walsall's Premier Holistic Health...

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