The profession of psychology is often misunderstood by the general public and often confused with the discipline of psychiatry. The main difference between the two disciplines is that a psychologist in Brisbane will treat patients without the use of drugs.
“Psychology is the study of behaviour and mind, embracing all aspects of human experience. It is an academic discipline and an applied science which seeks to understand individuals and groups by establishing general principles and researching specific cases In this field, a professional practitioner or researcher is called a psychologist and can be classified as a social, behavioural, or cognitive scientist. Psychologists attempt to understand the role of mental functions in individual and social behaviour, while also exploring the physiological and biological processes that underlie cognitive functions and behaviours”. Source Wikipedia
Psychologists are interested in the treatment and assessment of mental health problems. For example, depression, anxiety, stress and anger. In recent years the discipline has been expanded to include, marriage counselling, career counselling and family/ divorce mediation.
There are 5 major schools of psychological thought. They include; biological, behavioural, cognitive, social and psychoanalysis. The behavioural school of thought popularised by scientists such as Skinner and Pavlov asserted that psychology can be explained by looking at a person’s behaviour. If you would like to change a person’s life or thinking patterns, it was merely a matter of changing their behaviour. The cognitive school of thought believes that true human change also requires people to change their thinking and cognitive processes. Social psychology looks at the influence of our community and others on our behaviour. Psychoanalysis , popularised by Frued asserts that human life is heavily influenced by the sub-conscious mind.
Many people will seel the services of a Psychologist in Brisbane to learn effective methods to deal with common problems like anxiety, depression or anger management issues. In most cases these problems can be dealt with through counselling. In some severe cases I will recommend that the client be referred to a G.P. for anti psychotic medications.
Different therapists are influenced by these 5 main models. I utilised a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)/ Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) framework in my work as a counsellor. This is a combination of the behavioural and cognitive school of thought.
Mark K. ( Psychologist Brisbane) For more information please call my office on 3857 3777.