What is a Psychologist?

Almost everyone has heard something about psychologists before. You might have seen the movie Anger Management with Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson. You know, the one where an unethical therapist pretends to steal a man’s girlfriend in order to teach him how to cope with stress. Or perhaps you know someone who has been to therapy, but you aren’t too sure why or whether it helped them.

Most people know something about what psychologists do, but do you know how they can help people? Allow us to explain…

They’re health professionals, but not doctors

Psychologists are Allied Health professionals who are trained to care for the mental health and wellbeing of individuals. ‘Allied Health’ refers to the body of people

working in the health industry that are not doctors, dentists, or nurses. They include professionals like pharmacists, social workers and audiologists.

Like other Allied Health professionals, psychologists work to assist individuals in a specific area related to their wellbeing. Their roles differ greatly depending on the area they work in. This may mean working in schools to help young people with learning and behavioural difficulties, or it could mean working within organisations to promote productivity and positive work environments. Their support is wide ranging and aims to help people experiencing mental health problems across many different areas.

They give you guidance, not advice

A psychologist can give you practical support when you’re going through a difficult time. They will help to provide you with skills and techniques to assist you in doing what is best for you. Seeing a psychologist might mean undergoing a treatment to help you better deal with bad feelings. This may be something like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

You might be wondering what the point of going to therapy is when it doesn’t give you any advice. Although a psychologist can’t give you a ‘solution’, they can provide you with better ways to deal with your problems. They provide you with methods of coping with the emotions you’re feeling, and help you identify the best ways to overcome them. Psychologists work to get to know and understand you. They work with you to figure out the issues that need to be addressed, and how to address them. This provides you with practical, usable skills to overcome your mental health problems in everyday life.

They help with a range of mental health issues

Depression, anxiety, relationship problems, stress management, body image issues – the list goes on. If you’re having a hard time with your mental health, it can be helpful to see a registered or clinical psychologist. In Australia, a Mental Health Treatment Plan allows you to claim a rebate on 10 sessions with a psychologist. To get one of these plans, visit your GP and tell them you would like to try therapy to overcome your mental health issues.

Once you have your Mental Health Treatment Plan, Ok To Talk can help you find the right psychologist. All you need to do is fill out a few questions and we will match you with someone suited to your needs. Effective therapy is the best way to overcome the difficulties you’re facing, so put yourself on the right path today.