- What are Psychologists?
Psychologists study the science of human behavior and mental functioning. They have professional training and clinical skills that allow them to help people deal more effectively with life problems and ease distress associated with mental health issues. Psychologists are trained to use psychological assessments and clinical interview to gather information, make diagnoses, and plan and implement treatment. Psychologists do not, and cannot prescribe medications.
- What is the difference between a Psychologist and Psychiatrist?
Basically one of the differences lies in the educational background required for each profession. a psychiatrist has a degree in medicine and a psychologist has a masters or doctoral level degree in psychology. psychologists receive specialist training in psychotherapy, administering psychological tests and can assess and diagnosis mental illness. psychiatrists receive medical training and then go on to further study the mind and how to assess, diagnose and treat mental illness. some but not all psychiatrists can provide psychotherapy. another major difference is that psychiatrists can prescribe medication whereas psychologists cannot. for treatment, psychologists use therapy to work on alleviating symptoms related to mental health whereas psychiatrists are medical doctors first and often, not always, provide medication as part of the treatment.
- What is the difference between a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist?
Clinical psychologists focus on diagnosis and treating their client achieve their desired outcome and reduce psychological distress in a clinical setting. This benefits the client in terms of personal growth and support. Forensic psychologists apply psychology to the criminal or civil justice field. Often they are appointed by lawyers or the Court to conduct independent assessments to assist the court.Forensic Psychologist also provide psychological therapies to their clients whether it is court appointed with progress communicated back to the court or self-referred to improve problematic behavior that has led to criminal or civil proceedings. (e.g., child custody. Forensic psychologists are also trained in different psychological therapies, as are Clinical psychologists.
- What is a Neuropsychological Assessment?
A neuropsychological assessment involves a comprehensive test of cognitive and behavioral functions using a set of standardized tests and procedures, plus a clinical interview. The testing process systematically assess various mental functions including:
- Problem solving and conceptualization
- Planning and organization
- Attention, memory, and learning
- Academic skills
- Perceptual and motor abilities
- Emotions, behavior, and personality
- When should I seek psychological treatment?
People seek psychological treatment for a variety of reasons, and at different stages in their lives. There is no rule or set structure for when someone should speak with a psychologist.
Most common reasons are for treatment of depression, low self-esteem or work stress, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship difficulties.
At Mind Practice some of the clients use the treatment sessions as part of their ongoing personal development or skill development. Clients find these sessions helpfulfor them to manage their mental health so that they can respond better to unpredictable life situations causing stress.
At Mind Practice People can attend therapy alone or with their partners for couples counseling.
- How many sessions will I need?
Post initial session consultation session, we will book for mutually agreed number of appointments to ensure you have a regular place. Time to time you and your psychologist will review your progress and discuss future plans.
The therapeutic process varies depending on the individual and the concerning issues to them. It is dependent on factors such as previous treatment, support networks, and coping strategies.
At Mind Practice our team is experienced in providing both long- and short-term treatment and develop specific treatment plans based on your needs.
- Is my information confidential?
At The Mind Practice we adhere to our strict guidelines on privacy. Every session is private and confidential. That means all information discussed during our psychological therapy stays between you and the psychologist, unless you provide written consent saying otherwise. We respect your privacy. Your psychologist will discuss limits of confidentiality on your first consultation session.