Do I really need therapy?
How can therapy help me? If you truly believe therapy will help, it is more likely to be effective.
A psychologist can help you to meet the challenges of everyday life and develop strategies to build resilience. Studies show your mind and your body are linked. When one area is compromised, so is the other. Therapy has been shown to improve a person’s overall health. Addressing psychological factors that impact health and lifestyle such as eating, physical activity and adjusting to medical issues.
What is a psychologist?
A doctoral degree to practice psychology requires at least 4-6 years of full-time study after completing an undergraduate degree. Coursework includes areas such as ethics, statistics, individual differences and the biological, cognitive-affective and social bases of behavior, as well as specific training in psychological assessment and therapy.While in graduate school, psychology students may also participate in research and teaching. A one-year full-time supervised internship is required prior to graduation and in most states an additional year of supervised practice is required before licensure.
Psychologists must pass a national examination and addition examination specific to the state in which they are being licensed.Once licensed to practice, psychologists must keep up their knowledge, which is demonstrated by earning several hours of continuing education credits annually, as required by their state’s license and regulations.(APA Help Center, 2011).