There are a variety of reasons people can feel the need to consult a psychologist. From anxiety, pain to suffering, these feelings can cause intense stress and a psychologist can help explore the causes. At Psychology Experts our goal is to give our patients the professional support to help them regain their ability to enjoy life again and to go on with their life projects with renewed energy. A psychologist is trained to listen and guide you through a process to help you explore and work to the resolution of your issues in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment.
The therapeutic alliance is the most effective tool of any therapeutic relationship. That means that both, therapist and client are authentic, sincere and feel that they can fully trust each other.
In this positive and respectful atmosphere, the patient feels safe to explore his issues and be open about his intimate thoughts and feelings, which are necessary for his psychologist to understand him.
Your psychologist offers his empathic service to help you explore your issues, and provide you with tools to help you change problematic aspects in your life. Your therapist can’t do it for you, it is your responsibility to actively use those tools to effectively bring the necessary change in your ways. You must be committed to make a serious effort, otherwise you will soon feel frustrated with your psychologist and the therapeutic process.
The main difference is the perspective:
- A psychiatrist is a physician, trained to look for symptoms and mental illnesses. He aims to make a diagnostic and label your mental state. In addition to psychotherapy, he may prescribe medications.
- A psychologist is learned in human development and functioning in all their aspects (behavior, thinking, emotion), so he can assess the weaknesses as well as the strengths of a patient seeking his help. He is also trained in psychotherapeutic skills and methods to help his patient explore his ways and change them when they are source of suffering. A psychologist can also use labels as a commodity of communication, however he aims not to make a diagnostic but to understand your way of functioning.
Both can be “doctors”, medical doctor for a psychiatrist (M.D.), philosophical doctor for a Psychologist (Ph.D.)
Exchanges during psychological consultations are confidential. Your written permission is required to convey personal information to a third party. Your psychologist can’t even acknowledge your therapeutic relationship without your consent. However if you threaten to harm yourself or another person then the psychologist is ethically bound to contact the appropriate authorities.