What is a psychologist and how are they different from other therapists?
A psychologist is a person who has obtained a doctorate in psychology. They can provide individual and couple's psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychological evaluations, and psychological consultations. A psychologist is not a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are medical doctors that prescribe medication for mental health concerns. Other therapists, at a master's degree level, are marriage and family therapists (MFT), licensed social workers (LCSW), and licensed professional counselors (LPC). They can also provide individual and group psychotherapy. The differences between a psychologist and the mental health therapists listed above is level and depth of training.
What is psychotherapy with a psychologist?
Psychotherapy is you, the client, sitting and talking with the psychologist in a private setting. A typical session is 50 minutes, which is considered a "clinical hour." The remaining 10 minutes are for conceptualization and note writing for the psychologist. Psychotherapy provides a confidential space for clients to work through any areas of distress.
What is psychodynamic psychotherapy? (This is what our practice uses.)
Psychodynamic psychotherapy, initially, focuses on building the therapeutic relationship, which can be used to heal past relational wounds within a client's history. The psychologist views the client's world from the client's own lens and helps guide them from that mind-frame. The psychologist typically does not provide personal information about themselves, as the focus of treatment is solely on the client and the client's world. The psychologist also does not typically solicit advice, as the client is believed to have their own answers and their own insights. It is the psychologist's job to help them learn how to find their own wisdom and insight to continue guiding their lives with or without therapy.
What is a psychological evaluation?
A psychological evaluation is different from psychotherapy. As a client, you meet with a psychologist for a clinical interview. Through that, the psychologist gains clinical information from you about the reason for the evaluation and your personal history. You then complete a series of psychological tests, which can occur across multiple sessions. The psychologist then writes a psychological evaluation or report, which details your history, results from the tests, diagnostic information, summarization or conceptualization of the problem at hand, and treatment recommendations.
Who is psychotherapy suited for?
Psychotherapy can assist those with identified mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, anorexia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, etc. Psychotherapy is not solely for treating mental illness. Psychotherapy can provide guidance in many other areas, such as when someone has relational conflict/struggles, inner conflict/struggles, feels "stuck" within life, experiences dissatisfaction within life, or would like to understand themselves and others better (self-growth).
How do I make an appointment to schedule an interview for an evaluation?
You can either fill the formulary bellow or give us a call at 203.614.1089.