1. Who is a Psychologist?
Psychologist is person who holds a degree in psychology and is able diagnose and treat mental illness with counselling therapies.They cant be called as doctor as they never attend a medical school and can't prescribe medicines.
2. What is the difference between Psychiatrist and Psychologist?
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who can treat complex mental health issues like severe depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and suicidal tendencies by prescribing medicines.A psychologist is specialized in treating behavioral issues, learning difficulties and anxiety etc.
3. What is the work of a Psychologist?
A psychologist will talk to you and listen to your problems. He/She will do an interactive conversation with you to understand the cause mental distress.
4. Why should someone see a Psychologist?
One should consult a psychologist if facing issues like excessive stress, anxiety or any kind of phobia, anxiety or feeling too low for unusually long time.
5. Does a Psychologist prescribe medicines?
No, a Psychologist is not a medical professional specialized in medicines, so he/she can't prescribe medicines.They help in treating mental health issues with counselling sessions.
A psychologist studies the mental and behavioural processes of people. Psychologists observe human behaviour by interpreting and analysing their response to the environment or to the others around them. They study both normal and abnormal mental state, be it cognitive, emotional or social. Psychologists either work independently on their particular cases or with hospitals.
Technically anyone can visit a psychologist at any point of time, like if you find yourself depressed for a long period then consulting a psychologist is advisable. Psychologists can help you in dealing with several changes in routine, such as sleeplessness, suicidal tendency, negativity, lack of interest, depression, anxiety and many more. A counselling session with a psychologist can help you in dealing with any form of emotional and mental disturbance.
Some of the sub specialties of psychology include Specific disorders (trauma, anxiety, phobias, etc.), Health & Sport psychology, Forensic psychology, Neuropsychological disorders, Child & adolescent psychology, Industrial & Organizational psychology and Educational psychology.
The normal consultation charges of Psychologists in Mumbai range between INR 1,500 and INR 2,200. The charges may vary as per the sessions and treatment required. The psychologist might divide the charges based on the number of counselling sessions or other treatment to be given.
The psychologists generally provide therapies in different sessions to treat the problem of people. Some of the common therapies provided by them are:
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) – This therapy is used to treat anxiety, stress, personality disorder, and schizophrenia. The patient is encouraged to accept the thoughts and emotions in this therapy.
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) – Employed to teach the ways for adjusting in different situations, in this theory, the person is taught to cope with various situations that life presents.
Family Therapy – The main objective of this therapy is to involve all the members of family in the psychological session, to help the affected person.
Interpersonal Therapy – It is a brief treatment for depression. This deals in discussion of one’s relationship with other people and its impact on the individual’s life.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – This therapy is used to analyse the behaviour patterns, defence mechanisms towards the inner struggles of a person. The main idea is to make the person aware of these struggles so that he/she can work on them to emerge stronger.