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According to Medilexicon’s medical dictionary, psychology is “The profession (clinical psychology), scholarly discipline (academic psychology), and science (research psychology) concerned with the behavior of humans and animals, and related mental and physiologic processes.”  The primary focus of a psychologist is to provide assistance to ensure the health and well-being of all people: individuals, adult and children, families, groups, and society in general.

Psychologists are professionals who conduct research, perform psychological testing, and evaluate and treat a full range of emotional and psychological difficulties. The services they offer include the following:

  • Individual therapy with adults, adolescents, and children where the aim to empower the individual dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse.
  • Group therapy with adults and adolescents for a group of individual with similar difficulties. The aim to facilitate the development of life-skills, coping mechanisms and awareness using the group setting to create a structure of the therapeutic alliance.
  • Family therapy. This is an intervention with a family who may be dysfunctional due to one or more of the family members being stuck.
  • Couples therapy. This is an intervention with a couple experiencing relationship difficulties.
  • Interventions in educational settings to help students enhance learning and assist those with learning challenges and create a support structure around educators.
  • Neuropsychological services to aid in the evaluation, screening and treatment of learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, cognitive (thinking) problems, as well as head injuries. Neuropsychologists are particularly instrumental in determining prognosis of patients who have suffered head injuries or strokes and how this shapes their rehabilitation programs.
  • Forensic Psychologists consult with and provide expert testimony in court proceedings.
  • Consult with and provide expert testimony in custody matters in order to determine what will be in the best interest of the child or children in question.

 

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What is a Clinical Psychologist?

Clinical psychologists interview and assess patients, perform diagnostic tests and provide psychotherapy. Their work settings include clinics, counseling centers, hospitals and private or group practices. Clinical psychologists play a large role in the psychological healing of their patients. This may be from a short term intervention to longer term interventions depending on the severity of the difficulty with which the patient presents. They often collaborate with other professionals in the development of treatment plans. The difficulties presented by patients requiring the services of a clinical psychologist vary from individual issues such as depression and anxiety to family dysfunction to pain management. Even though the problems they treat are comprehensive, most clinical psychologists deal with severe mental illnesses instead of everyday problems.

For more detailed information on a clinical psychologist, read our related blog post.

 

What is a Counseling Psychologist?

Counseling psychologists are often thought of as more generalist psychologists. They have versatile training that spans across basic therapeutic skills and focus on equipping their clients with coping mechanisms in everyday problems and emotions. Counseling psychologists typically specialize in emotional, social, educational, vocational and developmental concerns. Like clinical psychologists, counseling psychologists will perform diagnostic tests, assess the patient and devise a treatment plan. They consult with agencies such as schools or government, and they may also conduct research and teach at the collegiate level. As with clinical psychologists, counseling psychologists spend the bulk of their days in face to face interactions with patients.

 

Child Psychologists

Child psychologists are those that work predominately with children and adolescents, usually in an educational setting, group or private practice. They are the liaison between the child or adolescent and their support network, so these individuals play a key role in communicating and relaying information to teachers, school staff and parents. Child psychologists are familiar with the school setting and evaluate the various programs, services and behavior modification methods to ensure they are meeting the needs of the child or adolescent. Child psychologists are experts in learning difficulties, childhood disorders and developmental issues and therefore are best suited to help children succeed academically, socially and emotionally by strengthening the relationship between the school staff and family.

 

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