Why see a Psychologist?
For most of us there comes a time in our lives when we will benefit from the support and attention of a trained professional who can help us work through difficulties or challenges we are experiencing. These situations can include long standing feelings of sadness or anxiety or a particular event such as a separation or the death of a loved one.
Psychologists are trained to provide psychological assessments which can help clarify what psychological treatment will best help an individual client. In working with clients psychologists utilise a range of proven methods always keeping in mind what would be most helpful to a particular client. Psychologists are trained to listen empathically and to help clients to problem solve. They help clients make the changes that will result in greater client happiness and wellbeing, better relationships and more productive lives.
What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has undertaken extensive additional training to help patients with mental health problems. Unlike psychologists, psychiatrists are able to prescribe medication. Sometimes the patient of a psychiatrist will also see a psychologist from whom they can obtain “talking therapy” help.
What can I expect at the first session and beyond?
You will find that at your first session your psychologist will ask you a lot of questions. This is to help the psychologist obtain a clear picture of what is going on for you, what your needs are and how you would most like to be helped. Part of this information gathering by the psychologist may include asking you to complete some questionnaires. Subsequent sessions with your psychologist will include some suggestions or strategies you might adopt and sometimes some activities for you to try out in between sessions.
You will be encouraged to give your psychologist feedback about the help he/she is providing to ensure that your needs are being met.
For additional general information about the role of psychology please see: http://www.psychology.org.au/public/what-is-psychology/