Psychology

Psychology

Psychology is the study of human thought, behaviour, and its development throughout our lives.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.

In psychological counseling, clinicians use scientifically-proven procedures to help patients develop healthier, more effective habits. During sessions, patients learn about their moods, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.

Often, people assume there must be a serious problem with themselves or a loved one before seeking professional psychological services. Other times, they may have a significantly stressful event, such as a divorce or death, that pushes people to seek help. But despite the longstanding stigma on psychological counselling, it can be sought, and can help, for a multitude of reasons.

Psychology: One Solution for Many Dilemmas

In Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Ophelia said, “We know what we are, but not what we may be.” Sometimes, better understanding one’s self and motivations alone can be why someone seeks psychological assistance. After all, the saying goes that we can be “our own worst enemy,” and this is true of so many of us. Psychology has been proven enormously beneficial in understanding and changing destructive behaviors.

But beyond mental health and personal problems, psychology has been proven to help with family conflicts, marital struggles, parenting training, learning challenges, and more.

Sometimes people turn to therapy for positive reasons, like having social support, getting an unbiased perspective about an issue, or gaining interpersonal skills, and more.

Whatever the reason, psychology and therapy are tools that can improve your quality of life and relationships.

There are many types of Psychotherapy, each with its own approach. The type of Psychotherapy that’s right for you depends on your individual situation. Call American Wellness Center for insight into what treatment, and which doctor, could best benefit you. Your calls are confidential.

Psychology as an Effective Coping Strategy

Keep in mind, not everyone who benefits from Psychotherapy is diagnosed with, or has, a mental illness. Psychotherapy can help with stresses and conflicts that affect most of us at some point in life. For example, it can help you:

  • Resolve conflicts with your partner or someone else in your life
  • Manage anxiety or stress due to work or other situations
  • Cope with major life changes, such as divorce, the death of a loved one, or the loss of a job
  • Learn to manage unhealthy reactions, such as “road rage” or passive-aggressive behavior
  • Come to terms with an ongoing or serious physical health problem, such as diabetes, cancer or long-term (chronic) pain
  • Sleep better, if you struggle with getting to sleep or staying asleep (insomnia)

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
  • Addictions, such as alcoholism, drug dependence, or compulsive gambling
  • 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:


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