Their job is to diagnose and treat a variety of mental health issues including serious mental illnesses. They conduct their studies through talk therapy and observation, and they report their findings and make diagnoses by interpreting and recording how their patients relate to their surroundings and to people in their lives (Concordia). Psychologists can make clinical evaluations of client’s mental health, diagnose mental illness, and suggest treatments based on research. A licensed psychologist can’t write prescriptions; they are not considered medical doctors. They instead provide counseling, psychotherapy, and may do psychological testing including IQ and neurological function tests.
Many psychologists will choose to specialize in certain areas rather than taking on any or all mental health problem out there. They may choose to specialize in certain mental health illnesses (depression, personality disorders, OCD, etc.), ages (kids, teens, adults, seniors, etc.), or specific topics (divorce, death, relationship problems, etc.).
Psychologists have training based on 100 years of ethical standards, and the latest clinical psychological research into human behavior, understanding cognitive, emotional, and social behaviors. It is usually required for a psychologist to have at least a Master’s degree in Psychology, but many are required to have a Doctorate degree in Psychology, as well. Additionally, psychologists are required to complete certain training and residency/internship requirements that are based on the state they practice in.
Read more on psychologists on Hope Instilled here: Psychologists
HumanServicesEdu.org/Human Services Guide/Counselor vs. Therapist vs. Psychologist.
Retrieved from: https://www.humanservicesedu.org/counselor-vs-psych-vs-therapist.html#context/api/listings/prefilter
WebMD/Guide to Psychiatry and Counseling. Retrieved from:
Counselor-License.com/Psychologist vs. Counselor. Retrieved from:
Jacobson, Sheri. (2015, June 16). HARLEY THERAPY: Counselling Blog/The Different Types of Therapists – Which One Is For You? Retrieved from:
Concordia UNIVERSITY-SAINT PAUL/Program Resources What Does Psychologist Do. Retrieved from: https://online.csp.edu/program-resources/what-does-a-psychologist-do