What Does A Psychologist Do?

Psychologists can feel like a pretty big thing well it is and it isn't you know lots of people see psychologists for a whole range of reasons from career counseling relationship hassles school problems family issues you name it but when you're feeling down or stressing out.

And you just can't think straight well that's what a psychologist can really help an appointment with the psychologist usually goes for about now this gives you time to talk about lots of different things and allows a psychologist to get a really good idea of what's actually going on for you so what is a psychologist my psychologist is somebody who has been studying psychology is the study of the mind.

And how you think and you feel and how that affects behavior and then how behavior thinks affects how you think and feel for example if you're feeling really depressed or really anxious there might be things that you're thinking or feeling or doing then make those problems worse they might be interested in helping you think through that so our young people come to see.

Sometimes people might have been having troubles with school might have been really feeling stressed about the workload for example or they might be having relationship troubles maybe with parents or teachers or friends or it might be more that they're feeling really sad or overwhelmed or particularly anxious so it might be more about what's going on inside for them.

So there's a really a big range of different things that people might come to talk to a psychologist about what does a psychologist actually do firstly I think I would start by asking some questions so it's important to have some talking going on so Psychologist might ask questions about the problem might be interested in understanding things from the young person's point of view exploring what the young person's ought try it.

Already to do to solve the problem in a way to open up different ideas and explore different possibilities I might also provide the young person with information about different sorts of problems and sometimes we might work on really specific sort of strategies that might be helpful like how to relax or doing breathing exercises or something like that and what are some of the things that young people find most helpful.

It can be a real relief when they come and talk to somebody that's not going to judge them or tell them what to do so having a place to explore different ideas maybe get to understand what it is that's worrying them better young people really want to go away with some specific kind of skills or tools that they can use so having a list of things.

That you can do that make you feel better or help you manage stress better those things are all pretty helpful how long would someone need to see a psychologist fall well that depends a lot on their young person as well as the problem and how serious it is so a young person might come and talk once or twice to a psychologist and that might be enough they might have felt like they've got enough information to go away.

And try things out for more complex problems though it might be that you see a psychologist regularly once a week for a number of months and that might be more appropriate it's rare for somebody to go on seeing a psychologist for a really long time mostly it will be a shorter period of time the sessions are usually about minutes long and I guess the most common is that you would see a psychologist once a week how much does it cost to see a psychologist.

So if a young person comes to a psychologist who's working at a public service like a public mental health service or maybe headspace it would be most common that the young person wouldn't pay anything at all Medical care would cover that but if the young person comes to the psychologist and they're a private psychologist then it may be that the Medical care fee doesn't cover all of the psychologists fee.

So there might be a small fee in addition do you ever have to tell anyone what's discussed in a session mostly what's talked about between a young person and psychologists is kept private and confidential and usually the psychologist would talk about that with the young person at the beginning of their work together there are some limits to that they're pretty rare and it happens if somebody's worried about risk to somebody or someone's safety either the young person or someone else's safety.

They wouldn't be telling everything about the young person really only the minimum amount of information that they needed to keep everybody safe what happens if you have someone who's really nervous when they come to see it's pretty normal to feel nervous when you first come and meet somebody the young person shouldn't feel ashamed or shouldn't panic.

They'll get used to it and they'll settle down it'll feel more comfortable after a little while is there anything else a young person should know I think that it's important to know that if you don't feel comfortable with the psychologists that you've come to see that it's alright to tell them that and to ask to see somebody else well thanks Louise thanks very much for speaking with me.



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