What does a psychologist do?

We all need someone to talk to.

Sometimes life throws a curveball and you face difficulties or issues that you simply can’t deal with on your own. Talking is important, but if you don’t have anyone you can confide in, or you’d rather not share your problems with someone you know, then where do you turn? Headspace can help.

Here at Headspace we know it’s confusing when choosing what type of therapy is best for you. So, we have simplified the differences for you below.

What does a psychologist do?

Clinical psychologists help you examine your emotional problems and explore the underlying issues that may be the cause. They then support you to make the necessary decisions to improve your personal wellbeing and deal with whatever is holding you back in life.

Psychologists have a more scientific understanding of the human mind’s behaviour compared to a counsellor or psychotherapist. Unlike psychiatrists,  counselling psychologists do not prescribe medication.

Psychologists at Headspace use a range of proven therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic and humanistic theories, mindfulness approaches and other techniques, depending on what you both feel suits you best.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and how is it effective?

In simple terms, CBT is a form of psychotherapy that combines cognitive and behavioural therapies. The cognitive element looks specifically at how our thoughts can create our feelings and mood, and the behavioural therapy component examines the relationship between our behaviours and thoughts.

It is one of the most effective treatments available for conditions where anxiety or depression is the main problem, even matching the effectiveness of antidepressants in some cases.

In fact, based on numerous studies of its effectiveness, the Government’s NICE guidelines recommend CBT as a treatment for a number of mental health issues, and it has also been successful in helping with obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias and panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, anger problems, habits (such as facial tics), drug and alcohol abuse, relationship problems and even sleep issues.

CBT has also been used to help people with chronic health conditions such as arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and although it cannot cure these physical problems, it can help individuals who have long-term conditions to be better able to cope with their symptoms.

Don’t hesitate to speak to us to help you decide which form of therapy may be best for you.

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