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Common Psychological Services
Health Service Psychologists offer a range of diagnostic, treatment, educational and consultation services to help you with the psychological issues you may be facing. Some Health Service Psychologists deal with many different types of disorders and offer a wide range of services, while others are more specialized. You should ensure that your psychologist has the education, training and experience with your type of issue or problem.
While not an exhaustive list, below are some of the more frequently requested services that Health Service Psychologists can provide:
Evaluation: Evaluation is an important part of the picture since it is during this process that the psychologist assesses the client’s / patient’s functioning and concerns to determine whether it is likely that there is a psychological problem or disorder. This typically occurs prior to establishing a treatment plan (except for example when the diagnostic work has been done by another practitioner). Note as well that most insurance companies require a psychological diagnosis before they will reimburse services.
Individual Psychotherapy: Individual psychotherapy can take a number of different forms. Regardless of the theory behind each type, individual psychotherapy strives to help the individual identify and explore their concerns and problems and develop strategies for overcoming them.
Family Therapy: This specialized form of psychotherapy strives to work with the family as a system or unit. Family treatment typically involves meeting with the entire family or various members of the family together (for example, sessions with parents or siblings). Blended and non-traditional families as well as traditional families may benefit from family therapy. In addition, family therapy is often recommended for families with children or teens who have diagnosed psychological problems.
Couples Therapy: For many adults, a stable and loving relationship with a life partner is important to health and happiness. Couples therapy (also known as marriage or marital counseling) works with couples who are experiencing relationship problems that are getting in the way of a healthy functioning relationship. In couples therapy, the focus is on the relationship rather than any one individual. However, some issues in a relationship stem from individual issues, and these are addressed as well within the context of the relationship.
Stress Management: Stress is one of the most common issues that negatively affect health and quality of life. It can be characterized by worry, racing thoughts, fear, depression and anxiety. Stress can cause insomnia, headaches, irritability, lack of patience, gastrointestinal problems and a range of other physical problems. Health Service Psychologists can help with stress management without drugs or in combination with medication through a variety of techniques including relaxation skills and psychotherapy.
Psychological Testing: Psychological testing is a particular part of psychological assessment and diagnosis. It may be the sole service provided or it may be part of a process that includes diagnosis and treatment. Psychologists are trained in administering, and interpreting psychological tests for a wide range of issues.