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Counseling and Therapy: Reasons Why You Need to Consult a Psychologist

By definition, psychology is the study of human behavior and mind, inclusive of the unconscious and conscious experience, as well as thought processes. A psychologist explores the aspects surrounding human behavior and mental processes that include cognition, perception, emotion, attention, intelligence, motivation, phenomenology, personality and brain functioning. A psychologist assess and deals with people’s interaction that includes interpersonal relationships to assess family resilience, psychological coping mechanism, and others. Clinical psychology is a specialization of psychology that aims to understand, prevent, and relieve distress which is psychologically based, mental dysfunction or mental illness, promoting personal development and subjective well-being. A clinical psychologist engages in the practice of psychological assessment and initiation of psychotherapy, and may do research, consultation, teaching, forensic testimony, administration and program development.

Psychotherapy or psychological counseling applies to anyone who wants to maintain and enhance mental and physical health promoting intimacy and honesty in daily life, as opposed to the notion that it is only applicable for those who are generally thought as “crazy”, or those who had just suffered from a nervous breakdown. But when do we need to see a psychologist? One of the reasons why you need to see a psychologist is if you are dealing with a problem with distorted behavior caused by complications that can interfere your ability in solving problems. Sometimes unconscious psychological blocks are encountered when we are dealing with problems, and this is despite of our best intentions to manage your problem properly and change things. If you are feeling vaguely dissatisfied with your life but cannot picture a clear sense of what the real problem is, then defining the problem is vital so you can discover the unconscious blocks clouding your thoughts, thereby you can proceed on your own. It is important to manage depression as early as onset because suicidal risk is very high, and thus psychotherapy is needed along with psychiatric referral for medication and further medical evaluation. If you already learned the basic strategies of defining and solving problems, then you won’t be needing the help of a psychologist any more.

Distorted problem resolutions that are often done are drowning oneself with work, substance abuse, sexual addiction or entertainment overly too fanatic mask the real problem leading to more distorted symptoms affecting your physical and psychological well-being. Family therapy is recommended with family conflicts, wherein the family’s own attempt to solve the problem fails. Anxiety, depression, mania, family issues, health issues, phobias, trauma, spiritual issues and performance enhancement are the most common topics handled and managed by a psychologist. Family therapy may also come hand in hand with marriage counseling for a more established and consistent problem-solving.A Quick Overlook of Doctors – Your Cheatsheet

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