Consulting a Psychologist
When to Consult a Psychologist
Psychologists study the way people feel, think, act, and interact. Through a range of strategies and therapies, Psychologists aim to reduce distress and enhance emotional wellbeing. Psychologists are often effective in assisting people to manage their symptoms and modify their behaviour, as they have studied the brain, memory processes, learning processes, and human development. Psychologists can assist people who are having difficulty managing their emotions, thinking, and behaviour, including those with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. They can provide an independent perspective that friends or family members may be unable to give.
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Consulting an APS Psychologist
All Psychologists in Australia are legally required to register with the Psychologist Board of Australia (PsyBA) in the same way that medical practitioners must be registered. The Australian Psychological Society (APS) membership involves meeting standards in addition to this registration.
Consulting an APS (Australian Psychological Society) Psychologist ensures you receive expert psychological services of the highest standard. APS Psychologists follow guidelines about professional conduct, responsibilities and confidentiality that are set and monitored by the Society in the APS Code of Ethics.
Judy Marty has been recognised by the APS for over 20 years of cumulative service, and has been given a Significant Contribution Award (see here) by the APS Division of General Psychological Practice. Judy has also represented Psychologists in rural and remote as well as metropolitan settings as an Executive Committee Member and Chairperson.
Bethany Price is also a member of the APS, and was previously a Student Representative with the Society.
Victoria McGowan is an APS member with years of experience associated with the Perth Branch committee. She is currently a committee member on the Perth Branch of the APS.
The Difference between Psychologists and Psychiatrists
Psychologists and psychiatrists both work in the area of mental health, and often work together. However, there are some significant differences between the two professions in the following areas:
Psychologists help people who want to find ways to function better in their lives.
Psychiatrists mainly treat people with a mental illness.
Psychologists study human behaviour in their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees before undertaking supervised experience and gaining registration. They do not have a medical degree, however they study and/ or are supervised in practice for a similar number of years to gain experience in various aspects of psychology.
Psychiatrists have a medical degree, which involves six years of studying general medicine, followed by further study to specialise in psychiatry.
Psychologists cannot prescribe medication. Their therapies are based on changing behaviour without medication. There is a considerable amount of evidence showing how psychological ('talk') therapies are effective.
Psychiatrists can prescribe medication. Some combine medication with other forms of therapy.