What is a Psychologist?
A Psychologist is professional who studies cognitive, emotional, behavioural, and social processes by observing, interpreting, and recording how individuals relate to one another and to their environments. This is based on years of evidence-based practices with a large volume of research behind it.
Psychologists work with people experiencing psychological distress e.g. trauma, worry, low mood, or a mental health issue e.g. Generalised Anxiety, PTSD, Ongoing depression. They often work in hospitals, mental health clinics, schools, as consultants or private practices.
A psychologist usually has a doctorate in psychology, often in counselling psychology, making their training a minimum of 6 years, more often 8 or 9 years in total excluding any other degrees they may have. Some psychologists have been practicing for many years already and will likely have at least a masters in professional psychology.
Psychologists can work independently, conducting research, consulting with clients, or working with patients. Others work as part of a healthcare team, collaborating with physicians and social workers, or in school settings, working with students, teachers, parents, and other educators. Those in private practice often work evenings and weekends to accommodate clients.