What do psychologists do?
Psychologists are experts in how the mind works. They have studied the anatomy of the brain, memory, learning, human development and the processes determining how people think, feel, behave and react. The profession is considered a science. In having knowledge of research findings of different treatment approaches, a psychologist can tailor therapy to your individual needs/goals.
A psychologist can assist you to:
Develop insight into the effects of your life experiences on your thoughts, emotions and behavior
Resolve issues that are adversely impacting on your quality of life
Identify and implement changes you may benefit from.
What can psychologists help with?
Oftentimes clients attend psychologists to resolve or better manage mental health disorders (for example, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress). Nonetheless, having been diagnosed with a mental health disorder is not a requirement to attend a psychologist.
Other matters that psychologists can provide clients assistance with include:
Developing skills to better manage stress and other emotions
Identifying and achieve personal goals
Adapting to changes that arise through the course of life
Coping better with adverse life experiences (for example, trauma, abuse, death of a loved one)
Growing on a personal level.
Why choose psychology?
Research shows psychological treatments are effective in alleviating mental health disorders. Some psychological treatments have been found to be at least as successful as medication in treating the most prevalent conditions, such as depression and anxiety.
Around one in five Australians (16- 85 year olds) identify as having a mental health disorder each year. Furthermore, nearly half of the Australian population, aged 16-85 years old, identify as having experienced an anxiety, mood or substance use disorder during their lifetime. Psychological approaches are designed to assist in alleviating these, without medication. There is a considerable amount of evidence showing psychological treatments are effective without prescribed medication. Nonetheless, prescribed medication, taken in conjunction with psychological treatment, may enhance treatment benefits. Psychologists cannot prescribe medication, and so you should consult your GP to determine whether medication may benefit you.