What do psychologists do?

Psychologists help and can treat many kinds of problems. Long-term feelings of depression, anxiety and anger can cause many people to seek out professional help from a psychologist. Chronic conditions can also be why some people seek the help of a professional, especially when the condition interferes with their lives or physical health. Conditions or unpleasant feelings aren’t the only reasons someone might need a psychologist. Assisting someone in how to cope with stresses in life, chronic illness, addictions and other physical and emotional ailments is the ultimate goal of psychologists.

In addition to helping people cope and manage feelings and stressful situations, practicing psychologists are trained to administer and interpret assessments that can help diagnose a condition.

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How can phycologists help?

While there several styles of therapy, the psychologist is in charge of choosing which style best suites the person and his or her situation.

Some common types of therapy are:

  • Cognitive
  • Behavioral
  • Cognitive-behavioral
  • Interpersonal
  • Humanistic
  • Psychodynamic

With many different types of therapies to choose from, practicing psychologists can tailor sessions for individuals, couples, families or other groups.

In terms of how to administer treatment, there is no one way because no two people are the same. Consequently, some treatment call for the use of both therapy and medication. For those who may benefit from the use of medication in therapy, psychologists will work with the person’s primary care physician, pediatricians or psychiatrists.

How are they trained?

Practicing psychologists must obtain a doctoral degree to legally practice psychology, as well as at least 4-6 years of full-time study after completing an undergraduate degree. Coursework will generally include areas such as ethics, statistics, cognitive and behavioral studies, as well as specific training in psychological assessment and therapy.

How do psychologists help?

The APA concludes that “practicing psychologists can help with a range of health problems and use an assortment of evidence-based treatments to help people improve their lives.” As discussed in the previous sections, there are many different styles of therapy, but a good, professional psychologist will assess the person and his or her condition, and make a decision in terms of how best to address treatment.

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What can a psychologist treat?

Generally, practicing psychologists can help a person deal with a variety of conditions and emotions. Some conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Burnout
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Death of loved one
  • Cancer
  • Separation and divorce
  • Family conflict
  • Couple conflict
  • Work stress
  • Insomnia
  • Health problems

While this list isn’t all encompassing in terms of what every practicing psychologist can assist someone with, at PsySanté our trained specialists can help you cope and manage whatever life throws your way.