Psychologists can assist with a range of situations, equipping us with the skills required to function healthily and prevent problems before they emerge. Psychologists also work with people who have mental health disorders, learning and behaviour problems, and chronic conditions.
The methods, techniques and tools that Psychologists draw upon are based on research into best-practice, which shows that psychological treatments are effective in managing common psychological problems and mental health disorders. These approaches are based on changing behaviour generally without medication and some treatments are as successful as medication in treating many prevalent conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Our lives are full of everyday problems such as stress, relationship issues, coping with illness and life transitions, which can often serious affective our wellbeing. By addressing these concerns, we are best placed to thrive in our work, family, relationships and health. Around one in five Australians develop common disorders and the most prevalent adult mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse, which affect around 18% of adults. A similar percentage of children and adolescents develop anxiety, depression and disruptive behaviour.
Psychologists are employed in a range of professional areas and undertake many types of work. Common settings in which psychologists practice include schools, hospitals, courts, community health services, prisons, businesses, the defence forces and private practice. Qualified Psychologists have a range of evidence backed therapies, which provide them with many tools to address a range of problems and issues. To be registered, a psychologist must now have six years of education and supervised experience, meaning they have significant knowledge and skill when they enter the field.