Specialist Psychologist Services

PsychFinder enables you to search for psychologists based not only on the type of practitioner (e.g. clinical, counselling, occupational, etc.), but also on the specialist services that they offer. Below you can learn about what these specialist services are.

Adult therapy and counselling

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Practitioner psychologists, in particular clinical psychologists and counselling psychologists are trained to deliver counselling and therapy. The most common forms of adult therapy include the following:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
  • Systemic Psychotherapy
  • Existential Humanistic Psychotherapy
  • Integrative Approaches

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is based on the connection between your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviours. CBT, through a collaborative therapeutic relationship aims to help break patterns of thinking and behaviours than can lead to a range of difficulties.

CBT tends to focus on current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis. CBT has been shown to be an effective in helping people with a range of complains and issues including: Depression, Anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias, eating disorders – such as anorexia and bulimia, sleep problems – such as insomnia, Psychosis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

“Third Wave” CBT incorporates therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Dialectic Behaviour Therapy and Compassionate Mind Therapy. These therapies are less involved in the content of thoughts but rather the processes of the mind and how to have a different relationship with thoughts and feelings.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy helps patients understand and resolve issues in their life by increasing awareness of their internal world and its influence over relationships. The focus might be on the past but also how past experiences influence unconscious processes and patterns in relationships. The therapeutic process is usually longer that other therapies although briefer models are now available (such as dynamic interpersonal psychotherapy). Other approaches and therapies such as mentalisation and attachment therapies have their roots in psychoanalytic thinking.

Psychoanalytic therapies have been found to be effective for depression and help with more longer term change in personality, relationships and thinking/feeling.

Systemic Psychotherapy also called Family Therapy is rooted in the idea of difficulties emerging within the context of relationships. This can be family and couple relationships but also wider systems than can impact on an individual such as school, work, culture and discourse. A systemic therapist might encourage members of these wider sytems to be part of the therapy to consider aspects of communication, and to bring forth multiple perspectives (rather than a dominant one) in order to facilitate change.

Within the field of systemic family therapy are individual based therapies such as Narrative Therapy and Solution Focussed Brief Therapy. These models tend to focus on strengths rather than problems, resources rather than deficits and promote reflection on preferred identities and futures rather than the past.

Systemic based therapies have been found to be effective for a range of difficulties including anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis, chronic health issues and relationship based issues.

Existential Psychotherapy is rooted in the philosophies of existence and that internal conflicts and anxieties are the result of confrontation with these. Some of the “givens of existence” include death, freedom, isolation and meaninglessness. The therapeutic relationship based on humanistic psychotherapy principles is vital to create the therapeutic context to allow a person to grow, develop and make changes.

Integrative Approaches are common amongst Clinical Psychologists and Counselling Psychologists who are trained in a range of models and theoretical orientations. This might involve the careful selecting of ideas from a range of therapies in order to provide an approach that fits more with the unique circumstances and difficulties that a person is presenting with. There are also models such as Cognitive Analytic Therapy which in itself is an integrative cognitive and psychodynamic approach used with a range of presentations.

Practitioner Psychologists tend to offer an initial consultation or assessment and as part of this to think about what approach might work best for the person and presenting complaint.

Assessment of children's learning

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Many psychologists will be trained to formally assess for a child's learning and developmental abilities and needs. This may be achieved through a number of different means including interview, psychometric tests and observation. Assessments of this kind are usually undertaken by Educational & Child Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists. These might include assessments for a learning difficulty, dyslexia or neuropsychological difficulties following an accident or injury.

Child and adolescent therapy

Find a Psychologist for child and adolescent therapy

Practitioner psychologists, in particular clinical psychologists, counselling psychologists and educational and child psychologists will be trained to deliver child and adolescent therapy. The most common forms of child and adolescent therapy include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Behaviour Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
  • Systemic Family Psychotherapy

When working with children and adolescents, psychologists will often include family members and carers in the process as well as possibly liaising with other agencies such as school.

Clinical supervision

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Supervision is an essential component of practicing as a psychologist. PsychFinder lists psychologists that are trained, experienced and available to offer supervision to other psychologists.

Employee assistance

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Employee Assistance involves supporting employees with personal problems that might adversely impact their work performance, health and well-being. This might usually involve assessment and short-term counselling and therapy.

Employee Assistance might involve critical incident management, stress management, pain management and supporting staff with emotional and mental health difficulties.

Family or couples counselling / therapy

Find a Psychologist for family or couples counselling / therapy

Family therapy is a therapeutic approach in itself and works to introduce new perspectives into a family or couple system, improve communication and relationships. Most psychological models however can be adapted to work with the family or wider context. For example, psychoanalytic therapy might think about how unconscious processes can present themselves within both family and couple relationships. In cognitive behavioural therapy important family members can be both a "safety behaviour" maintaining a problem or a resource to help resolve it. Therefore in many psychological models a practitioner psychologist might suggest meeting as a family or couple.

Forensic assessment

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Increasing organisational effectiveness

Find a Psychologist for increasing organisational effectiveness

Consulting to organisations is a key skill of occupational psychologists but many practitioner psychologists will have the skills to work with organisations on a range of issues. These might include improving performance of staff, increasing wellbeing, working with team dynamics.

Life coaching

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Life coaching aims to empower people to make change in their lives, increase self-efficacy to work towards and meet their goals. These goals can range from work, personal, health or spiritual. Executive coaching might be more aimed at increasing work performance but personal context would also likely be an aspect of this.

Managing health conditions

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This work can range from improving adherence to medication, managing the emotional effects of chronic conditions, accepting or coming to terms with a condition or finding ways to talk about and communicate about changes that have arisen through health. Psychologists in this area work with issues such as cancer, diabetes, HIV, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, burns, eczema, asthma as many other acute and chronic conditions.


Find a Psychologist for media

Psychologists are experts in their field and so are often quoted in magazines, newspaper articles and comment on current affairs on the radio and news. Whether you are print, TV or online media find a psychologist for an expert opinion.

Medico-legal & expert witness

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PsychFinder psychologists are able to provide medico legal reports and expert witness services. Our qualified practitioner psychologists are able to provide services within the following areas of legal work:

  • Detailed psychological assessments and reports for personal injury and medical negligence cases.
  • Family and parenting assessments for criminal and civil proceedings.
  • A full range of forensic psychology assessments for criminal cases.
  • Capacity assessments (mental health and intellectual functioning) for civil and criminal proceedings.

Neuopsychological assessment

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Practitioner psychologists especially clinical psychologists (and educational psychologists with children) are trained to undertake a detailed neuropsychological assessment. This involves assessing psychological processes such as memory, thinking, language, reasoning and processing speed that might be affected due to developmental conditions, brain injury or illness. The might also include assessment for specific learning difficulties, dementia and autistic spectrum disorders.

Organisational consultancy

Find a Psychologist for organisational consultancy 

Consulting to organisations is a key skill of occupational psychologists but many practitioner psychologists will have the skills to work with organisations on a range of issues. These might include improving performance of staff, increasing wellbeing and working with team dynamics. Organisations might also be interested in reflecting on organisational goals and functioning.

Personality assessment

Find a Psychologist for personality assessment 

Personality assessment most often occurs within the context of standardised assessment for employments and are undertaken by Occupational Psychologists. Practitioner Psychologists within other specialised areas might also be interested in carrying out personality assessments for other means such as within the field of life coaching, performance and forensics.

Psychological consultation

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PsychFinder Psychologists may be able to offer psychological consultation on specific areas of psychology. These may include the following:

  • Therapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy, systemic psychotherapy, humanistic psychotherapy and existential psychotherapy.
  • Psychological disorders such as depression, addiction, psychosis, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), generalised anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and eating disorders.
  • The psychological management of medical conditions such as cancer, HIV, diabetes and obesity.
  • Factors related to child development and learning.
  • Areas of occupational psychology such as workplace stress, management, team dynamics, staff recruitment and organisational effectiveness.
  • Areas of sport psychology.

Research supervision

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Many practitioner psychologist have the specific skills, expertise and experience to work as a research supervisor on your project.

Smoking or weight management

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Employing range of evidence based approaches psychologists will find ways to empower and provide you with techniques to help you make changes towards better health and wellbeing.

Sport and exercise psychology

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Sport and exercise psychologists work with issues such as:

  • Individual performance
  • Participation and motivation
  • Team Performance and functioning
  • Coaching and management
  • Sport transitions (such as injury or retirement)

Staff motivation, recruitment or skill development

Find a Psychologist for staff motivation, recruitment or skill development 

Consulting to organisations is a key skill of occupational psychologists but many practitioner psychologists will have the skills to work with organisations on a range of issues. These might include recruitment, improving performance of staff, increasing wellbeing, skill development and working with team dynamics.

Stress management

Find a Psychologist for stress management 

Stress is now known to be a key cause of ill heath, missed days at work and a contributor to other difficulties such as unsatisfying relationships and substance misuse. Find a PsychFinder psychologist to help find ways to manage your stress or if you are looking on behalf of an organisation, to develop trainings and processes to help minimise the stress burden on your organisation and improve wellbeing.


Find a Psychologist for training

PsychFinder practitioner psychologists are available to design and deliver bespoke training packages for your organisation. These will be interactive, engaging and rooted in the science of psychology and latest evidence.

Topics that trainings cover include:

  • Stress management
  • Improving mental health and wellbeing in your organisation
  • Increasing performance and effectiveness
  • Goal setting
  • Mindfulness
  • Building Confidence
  • Team Dynamics

If you would like to discuss a bespoke training solution please contact the psychFinder team or one of our psychologists directly.

Search Based on Psychologist Type & Specialist Services

You can use PsychFinder to search for a psychologist near you - and you can specify both the type of psychologist and specialist services that you require. And if you have any other requirements, you can always get in touch and one of our team would gladly help you find what you are looking for.