Patient information - Priory’s experts

Priory employs and works with worldwide leading mental health professionals and our proven record of helping people get their lives back on track is unrivalled.

All of our experts deal with the treatment of mental health conditions but each patient will be assessed on an individual basis to agree which form of treatment would be the most effective. Your patients’ needs will vary and therefore so will the type of professional needed to support them.

To help ensure your patients are informed, we have listed the range of mental health professionals here at Priory to answer any questions your patients may have.

What is Psychiatry?

Psychiatry is the medical field concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health conditions through the provision of therapy, prescription of medication and risk management.

Consultant psychiatrists

Our consultant psychiatrists are medical doctors who have qualified in psychiatry and then undertaken further specialist training to become Consultants. They are able to prescribe medication alongside the provision of therapy. Our psychiatrists are able to confirm a patient’s diagnosis, prescribe medication and manage any risk associated with the patient’s condition.

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a type of therapy used to treat emotional problems and mental health conditions. It involves talking to a trained therapist, either one-to-one, in couples or in a group.


Our psychotherapists are mental health professionals who have had further specialist training in psychotherapy. Psychotherapists help people to overcome stress, emotional and relationship problems or troublesome habits. There are many different approaches in psychotherapy which include; Psychoanalytic therapies, Psychodynamic therapies, Humanistic and integrative psychotherapies.


Priory therapists are qualified in the field of mental health and specialise in various disciplines to support patients using various types of therapeutic treatment including; Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness, Arts and play therapies.

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Psychology includes many areas of specific study such as human development, sports, health, clinical, social behaviour and cognitive processes. Our Psychologists will have gained a degree in psychology after which they will have undertaken work experience in relevant healthcare settings alongside further approved specialist training.

Clinical Psychologist

Our Clinical psychologists aim to reduce psychological distress by enhancing and promoting psychological wellbeing. They often work with people over a long period of time.

Counselling Psychologist

Our Counselling psychologists understand diagnosis and the medical context to mental health problems and work collaboratively with patients to explore their own unique psychological experience helping to empower their recovery.