Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Group Therapy
Psychological therapy is an intentional interpersonal relationship used by trained psychologists to aid a client in problems of living. It aims to increase the individual's sense of well being and reduce their subjective sense of discomfort. Pychologists employ a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behaviorchange and that are designed to improve the mental health of a client or patient, or to improve group relationships (such as in a family).
Pychologists employ a range of techniques to influence or persuade the client to adapt or change in the direction the client has chosen. These can be based on clear thinking about their options; experiential relationship building; dialogue, communication and adoption of behavior change strategies. Each is designed to improve the mental health of a client or patient, or to improve group relationships (as in a family). Because sensitive topics are often discussed during Psychology, Psychologists are expected and are legally bound, to respect client or patient confidentiallity.
Pychologists are often trained, certified, and licensed, with a range of different certifications and licensing requirements.
Sometimes people confuse the role to the Psychologist with that of the Psychiatrist. Psychiatrists have medical qualifications and may administer prescription medication. The primary training of a psychiatrist focuses on the biological aspects of mental health conditions, with some training in Psychology. Psychologists have more training in psychological assessment and research and, in addition, specialized psychotherapeutic training, tackling the problem through discussion and conversation instead of through medication.