Psychology

Psychology in simple terms is the study of the mind and behavior.  Psychology is based on the two Greek root words ‘psyche’ meaning soul or mind and ‘logos’ meaning study.  There are many subfields or types of psychology.  Some of these include:  cognitive, biological, developmental, clinical, educational and social.

A psychologist differs from a counselor in terms of training.  He or she has completed more extensive graduate education, usually a doctorate, as well as clinical practicum experience.  Initially in a client session the limits of confidentiality are reviewed.  Typically a psychologist will gather information about the client such as childhood, work situation, marital and social life.  He or she may discuss specific client concerns and ask them when the problem in question began, its effects, and perhaps issues which improve or worsen the problem.   Sometimes testing may be done in the form of questionnaires or other assessments.  A client will usually have more than one session with a psychologist in order to set goals and make improvements or adjustments.

A typical session lasts about 1 hour.  There are a variety psychology services available including:  marital and relationship, stress & anxiety issues, parenting, learning and educational issues, addiction and recovery, sexual and intimacy issues, life transition, and child and youth specific issues.

Specific Techniques