What is a Psychologist
Our Psychologists and Clinical Social Workers are experts in human behaviour, having studied the brain, memory, learning, human development and the processes determining how people think, feel, behave and react. Psychologists apply their expertise using reliable and scientifically supported methods. Psychological therapies are widely used to treat individuals and families and can also be applied to groups and organisations.
Everyday life problems such as workplace stress, family and relationship matters or coping with illness, can seriously affect your quality of life and relationship with others. In such circumstances, it is important that people do not neglect their mental and physical health.
Psychology is a Science
As part of their training at University or College, psychologists study people and their behaviour. They study how people:
- Develop and grow throughout their lives
- Behave in groups, organisations and communities
- See, think, hear, feel, learn and remember
- Relate and interact with spouses, children and friends
- Behave at work, leisure and school
- Cope with anxiety, ageing, depression, disability, disaster, accidents and other losses in their lives
Our psychologists can assist you at many points and in many aspects of your life. Their major contribution is to help you function better, whatever your life or work situation may be and to prevent ill health and from other problems developing.
We all experience life’s difficulties and at times can benefit from the expertise of a trained psychologist. You may be surprised to learn that most people who visit psychologists are well adjusted people experiencing stress in their lives or seeking help with difficult decisions.
Psychologists can help you discover and use your own resources to solve problems of everyday living.
When Should I consult a Psychologist?
People consult a psychologist for many reasons. Some of these reasons include – Marital and family problems, stress and tension, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, unresolved grief, sexual and sleeping difficulties, fears and phobias, shyness, pain, eating and weight control problems, children’s learning behaviour and management problems, when people fail to come to terms with their divorce, hypertension, migraines and headaches, intellectual disabilities, child bed wetting and tantrums, relationship problems and addictions.
People also consult psychologists when they are planning to enhance their lives. For example, to improve relationships, become better parents and/or teachers, to make happier workplaces, for personal growth and career planning, to improve sports performance and other areas to maximise one’s potential.
Organisations also consult psychologists to train and develop staff, improve selection, to review organisational structure and practices, to advise on effective management of change and innovation, to improve industrial relations and occupational health and safety, to evaluate programs and to study consumer needs.
How Do Our Psychologists Help?
Our psychologists help clients understand and take action to improve and enrich their lifestyle and effectiveness. They can choose from many available treatments, the one that best suits the client’s needs, personality and circumstances. Our psychologists understand the developmental and adjustment processes associated with change.
Our psychologists use observation, interviews and assessments to clearly identify the nature and extent of problems, and to decide the best form of assistance. We then assist adults, children, families, organisations and communities through advice, counselling, psychology, consultation, therapy or training.
How Long Do Clients See a Psychologist
Some clients who attend for counselling or therapy believe they will see immediate results. While many people can be helped with only a few visits, some problems require more extensive assistance. For example, it may be necessary to attend for one hour per week over a period of five to ten weeks, or longer.
Psychological assessments require at least one hour and may take up to six hours to administer, score and interpret results. Testing may require several attendances and time needs to be allocated to provide reports, if required.
In other settings such as organisations and communities, clients and psychologists decide upon the extent and duration of the psychologists involvement after discussion.
Our psychologists follow strict ethical guidelines regarding client confidentiality. These are set out and supervised by the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Association of Social Workers.