Psychology is the study of the human mind examining human experiences such as emotions, thoughts and actions.
They can help to equip young people with coping skills and effective problem solving skills. A clinical psychologist has a specialist qualification in mental health.
The usual way to get in contact with a psychologist is through a GP. Some psychiatrists will also refer to psychologists, and self-referral is also possible.
You can contact a psychologist privately through www.psychologicalsociety.ie/find-a- psychologist.
In some cases Child Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS) teams would have a clinical psychologist, and these are accessed the usual CAHMS referral way.
The accrediting body for psychologists in Ireland is the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). It is advisable to check that your son’s or daughter’s psychologist is registered with the PSI.
One increasingly popular approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT therapy), which some people have found very effective.