What is a Psychologist?
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) – http://www.psychology.org.au – states that, “Psychologists are experts in human behaviour, having studied the brain, memory, learning, human development and the processes determining how people think, feel, behave and react. Psychologists apply their expertise using reliable and scientifically supported methods.”
Psychology is a regulated healthcare profession in Australia, which means that a person must be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBa) – http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au – in order to be called a Psychologist and to practice as a Psychologist. To become a registered Psychologist a minimum of six years of university training plus supervised practice is required. Registered Psychologists must provide professional services according to a strict code of ethics and standards to maintain their registration.
Why Choose To Consult A Clinical Psychologist?
Clinical Psychologists have postgraduate training that has involved conducting psychological research and developing expertise in:
1) psychological assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders and psychological problems;
2) psychological therapies and counselling techniques that have been shown to be effective; and
3) the practical application of psychological theory and scientific research to specific individual needs.
Clinical Psychologists are required to participate in substantial continuing professional development (education, training and peer consultation) to develop their assessment, therapy and counseling skills and knowledge and keep it up to date.