Clinical psychology is a subdiscipline of psychology which deals with explanation and understanding of mental disorders (psychopathology) psychological factors that influence somatic diseases (psychosomatics) psychological treatment methods – different kinds of psychotherapy.
Clinical psychology today contains a number of different schools and traditions that involve widely different theories, different kinds of research methods, and different kinds of psychological treatment.
Three important traditions today are the psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, the cognitive/behavioural, and the family therapy traditions, but even within each of these traditions there is a large variety of theories, approaches to research, and psychological treatment methods.
This multitude of theories, approaches, methods, and ways of thinking means that clinical psychology today is in a very exciting and dynamic phase of development, with increased possibilities of new creative combinations of ideas from different origins.
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