WHAT IS IT?
Psychology is the science of the mind and behaviour. Practicing Psychologists have the professional training and clinical skills to help people learn to cope more effectively with life issues and mental health problems. Psychologists help by using a variety of techniques based on the best available research and consider the person’s unique values, characteristics, goals and circumstances.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Practicing Psychologists help a wide variety of people and can treat many kinds of problems. Some people may talk to a Psychologist because they have felt depressed, angry or anxious for a long time. Others may have short term problems they want help navigating, such as feeling overwhelmed by a new job or grieving the death of a loved one. Psychologists canhelp people cope with stressful situations, overcome addictions, manage chronic illnesses and break past barriers that keep them from reaching their goals.
Psychologists use an assortment of evidence based treatments to help people improve their lives. Some common types of therapy are cognitive behavioural, interpersonal, psychotherapy, humanistic etc. There are many types of therapies and a Psychologist will choose the type that best addresses the person’s problem and best fits their characteristics and preferences.
WHO DO I SEE?
We have two Psychologists at the Vital Health & Wellbeing Centre – Val Townsend and Clinical Psychologist Dr Susan Bourne. Cara Chillari is our child and adolescent Psychologist.