Psychology is the study of human thought, behaviour, and its development throughout our lives. Also known as “Psychotherapy,” it can be practiced by psychiatrists and counselors in addition to psychologists. The end goal in psychology is that of helping patients attain better mental health through safe, confidential conversations.
Psychology: One Solution for Many Dilemmas
- Child behavior problems at home or school
- Sibling rivalry
- Regressed behavior due to change in the family like move child birth
- Separation anxiety
- Oppositional Behavior
- Learning issues
- Self-harm potential
- Electronic media excessive use
Among the many conditions Psychotherapy can help are:
- Anxiety disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, panic disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder
- Eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia
- Personality disorders, such as borderline personality disorder or dependent personality disorder
- Schizophrenia or other disorders that cause detachment from reality (psychotic disorders)
Some of the programs our Psychology Department offers include:
- Executive Guidance And Coaching Program
- Family Paradigm Analysis
- Mundo Friends: A Socio-Emotional Development Program
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) :
Frequently Asked Questions
Each of these clinicians are specialists in working with mental health needs. There is frequently collaboration between them as well, and they all work with patients of any age group, including children. Where they differ is in the level of training and education required for their license, and whether they can prescribe medication when needed.
A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor or physician with mental health training and prescription expertise with psychotropic medications. This means psychiatrists can prescribe suitable medications that may be required to treat mental health conditions. To be qualified, they must complete medical school, followed by psychiatry residency and/or fellowships, and receive medical board certification. In the United States, they require a Medical Degree (MD) for licensed practice.
A Psychologist is a mental health specialist with extensive training in therapy, which includes diagnosing and assessing a patient’s condition. Their qualifications require completion of graduate school, clinical internship, fellowships, and certification by the psychology board. In the United States, a Doctoral Degree (PhD or PsyD) in psychology is generally required for licensed practice.
A Counselor (also called a “Psychotherapist”) is also a mental health specialist, with similar training areas as a Psychologist, but requiring less time investment in schooling. Their qualifications include completion of graduate school followed by a clinical practicum. In the United States, a Masters Degree in a related field of mental health is generally required for licensed practice.
Each of these clinicians is dedicated to improving mental health in their patients. Depending on their training or the specializing of their school programs, they may focus on specific areas of treatment. They may excel in dealing with specific disorders, therapy approaches, research focus, and/or practice settings. These professionals believe in collaboration when needed, and if a psychologist or counselor feels pharmaceutical or advanced clinical intervention is required, they can, and do, refer their patients to psychiatrists.
Most private psychiatrists prefer a referral from your GP. Your GP may be able to recommend psychiatrists who practise privately.
Local private hospitals will sometimes advise you about this. Some psychiatrists may advertise in your local business directory.
If they have the title 'MRCPsych' (Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists) or ‘FRCPsych’ (Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists), this means that they are current members of the College.