What is a Psychologist?

Psychologists are trained professionals that have expert knowledge in human behaviour. They have a strong understanding of the factors that influence the way that people think, feel and learn. Psychologists provide evidence-based strategies to help individuals overcome their challenges and improve their health and wellbeing.

Many people believe that Psychologists only work with individuals who experience mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression. Whilst it is true that Psychologists do work with these clients extensively, they can also assist people to overcome other issues such as eating disorders, substance abuse, addiction, and dealing with chronic illness.

More specifically, there are Family Psychologists who work with key issues found within the family unit, which may involve relationship issues, parenting challenges, child learning and behaviour problems, communication problems, child bullying, abuse situations, and transition of family environment (e.g. custody, relocating). Many Family Psychologists have a strong interest in child development, and have specialised in this field. As children have very different thought processes and behaviours to adults, therapy may be in a form that is more appropriate for children, such as expressive therapy (for example, art, music, feeling cards, puppets/figurines).

It is easy to see how a Psychologist could play an imperative role in the health and wellbeing of your family. If you interested in finding out more, head to http://www.integratedwellnessclinic.com.au/children-psychology/

 

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