There are many points in life, where you need to talk with someone, when faced with what may seem like insurmountable obstacles. While a good friend may be a good listener, a psychologist has been trained to assist you with identifying the thoughts, emotions, and habits that have gotten in the way of getting around these obstacles. 

In this brief overview, topics of who psychologists are, what they do and how they may be able to assist you in overcoming your mental health challenges are introduced. 

1. Psychologists

Practicing psychologists are health professionals, who are trained and have the skills to help you with coping, resolving, and resolving life issues that if left untreated over long term, they may lead to having complex mental health problems.

Psychologists study human behaviour, investigating the processes related to how you think and feel. They conduct research and provide therapy and counselling to reduce distress and to help you to manage psychological problems. Furthermore, they can assist you to deal with relationship problems, trauma, eating disorders, learning difficulties, substance abuse, parenting issues, loss or grief and managing the effects of a chronic illness. 

2. Areas where a psychologist help you

A psychologist can assist you in wide range of areas. Examples of areas that a psychologist can assist you managing your emotions are listed below.

  • When you feel depressed, anxious, or angry for a long time.
  • Dealing with chronic problems that maybe interfering your life or physical health.
  • Grieving the death of a family member.
  • Short term challenges that you may need assistance with navigating, such as being overwhelmed by a new job. 

3. What they do

Experienced psychologists have a wide variety of therapeutic tools that they can use when helping you to get past the areas in which they have gotten stuck, to reach their potential, whilst making sure that you are the one that is in control of your therapeutic pathway is of paramount importance. This is often developed as the therapist, and you form a trusting therapeutic alliance or relationship. 

4. How they can assist

The different tools that a psychologist may use include different types of therapies, such as psychoanalysis, psychodynamic approaches, client centred approaches, cognitive behavioural therapy.

Psychologists may also provide therapy can be for an individual, couples or even families. Some psychologists are trained to use hypnosis, which research has found to be effective for a wide range of conditions including pain, anxiety, and mood disorders.

In some cases, therapy may not be sufficient, and medication maybe required. In such situations, a psychologist would then work closely with other primary health professionals, mainly paediatricians, and psychiatrists.

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