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1. Who is a counselling psychologist?
A counselling psychologist is a person with a degree in psychology who works to help people with psychological and emotional health concerns. They can help both adults as well as children.
2. What diseases does a counselling psychologist treat?
A counselling psychologist treats a wide range of psychological issues and mental health disorders like relationship difficulties, starting a new relationship, emotional trauma due to death of a loved one or business failures, anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
3. Are a counselling psychologist and behavioural therapist the same?
Yes, a counselling psychologist can be a behavioural therapist and also treat behavioural issues in addition to psychological problems like self-destructive nature and bipolar disorder.
4. Where does a counselling psychologist work?
A counselling psychologist may work in different setups such as educational institutions and research, as a private consultant, prison and probation services or with a team of doctors in hospitals. They may even work in corporate office and industries by way of corporate programs.
5. What qualification is required to be a counselling psychologist?
A counselling psychologist requires postgraduate and doctorate level degree in psychology where they learn the fundamentals of psychology and research methods. During their education, they also get training in counselling techniques and psychotherapy.
Psychologists are the professionals who can diagnose and treat mental illness of an individual. Generally, they study normal and abnormal mental status, cognitive, emotional and social behaviour and process. Counselling Psychologists are medical professionals who can counsel patients regarding mental disorders.
If he/she is suffering from any of the following medical conditions then a Counselling Psychologist should be consulted:
Psychiatrists are medical professionals who are well trained and authorized to treat mental health conditions with medications and lifestyle modifications. However, Psychologists are not medical doctors and help patients by providing psychotherapy [talk therapy] only.
Yes, depression can be treated by Counselling Psychologists through psychotherapy. Few of the psychotherapies are cognitive-behavioural therapy [CBT], Counselling Psychologists can treat depression.
If an individual is suffering from any of the mental disorders or diseases, then he/she should consult a Counselling Psychologist once a week for about 3-4 months. However, a healthy person can visit a Counselling Psychologist once in a year for a checkup to know the status of his/her mental condition.
Following are a few common types of counselling: