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What are the types of psychologists?

Psychologists are healthcare professionals who use scientific methods to understand the relationships between the brain, environment and behavior. Psychologists may focus on research — studying how the brain and various environments drive behaviors to better understand the issues that trouble patients and society as a whole — or they may focus on practice — interacting with people using therapeutic methods. The American Psychological Association shares some of the more prevalent types of psychologists:

  • Clinical psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • Cognitive and perceptual psychologists study human perception, thinking and memory.
  • Community psychologists work to strengthen the abilities of communities, settings, organizations and broader social systems to meet people’s needs — such as improving support for victims of natural disasters, or working to improve health policies.
  • Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on everyday issues, career and work problems, and serious adversity.
  • Developmental psychologists study the psychological development of the human being throughout life.
  • Educational psychologists concentrate on how effective teaching and learning take place.
  • Engineering psychologists conduct research on how people work best with machines.
  • Environmental psychologists study the dynamics of how people interact with their environments.
  • Evolutionary psychologists study how evolutionary principles such as mutation, adaptation and selective fitness influence human thought, feeling and behavior.
  • Experimental psychologists study cognitive processes, comparative psychology (cross-species comparisons), and learning and conditioning.
  • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal issues.
  • Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological and social factors affect health and illness.
  • Industrial/organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace to improve productivity, health and the quality of work life.
  • Neuropsychologists and behavioral neuropsychologists explore the relationships between brain systems and behavior.
  • Quantitative and measurement psychologists focus on methods and techniques for designing experiments and analyzing psychological data.
  • Rehabilitation psychologists work with stroke and accident victims, people with mental disabilities, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.
  • School psychologists assess and counsel students, consult with parents and school staff, and conduct behavioral interventions when appropriate.
  • Social psychologists study how a person’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people.
  • Sport psychologists help athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with anxiety and fear of failure around competition.

What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a professionally trained mental health professional who helps patients navigate challenging life situations or mental health issues. To become a psychologist you must earn a doctoral degree; qualifying degrees include a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. To actively practice, a psychologist must be licensed in their state and maintain good standing. Psychologists are trained to administer tests that can evaluate a patient’s cognitive strength and weaknesses, intellectual skills, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning, explains the American Psychological Association (APA).

A psychologist meets with patients in an office and may work with a variety of methods, depending on patient need, such as cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal.  According to the APA, common reasons a person may visit a psychologist include:

  • Dealing with depression, anger or anxiety over a long period of time.
  • Help with a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health.
  • Help with grieving and other abrupt transitions.
  • Overcoming addictions.
  • Managing chronic illness.
  • Breaking old and harmful patterns of thinking or behavior.

Can a clinical psychologist write prescriptions?

To be able to write a prescription, a clinical psychologist must practice in a state that permits them to do so, and must either have a master’s degree in psychopharmacology or have completed the required advanced training program. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), five states currently permit psychologists to write prescriptions: Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Many psychologists who are not able to write prescriptions work in partnership with psychiatrists, pediatricians or primary care doctors to help their patients who need medication.

How much do therapists cost?

If you are experiencing a challenging time, have mental health difficulties, or just want professional guidance as you move through life, a therapist can provide relief, tools and structure. The national average cost for a therapist is $80-$100 per hour, although prices may be higher or lower depending on geographic location and the experience and training of the therapist.

Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists are all health professionals who offer various modalities of therapy. Ask questions about the type of therapy they specialize in (such as cognitive or behavioral, etc.) and their area of expertise (such as grief, anxiety, body image disorders, etc.) to help you find the right fit for your needs. Therapy sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.  The patient usually meets with the therapist in their office; sessions may also be held remotely (via Skype, etc.) or in a clinical setting. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists who have earned advanced degrees will typically charge higher rates than other licensed therapists. Depending on your diagnosis, your health insurance may cover your therapy costs.

Reviews for Ballantyne counselors
Thumbtack Customer
My wife and I had a wonderful experience with Pastor Chris being our marriage counselor. He is very insightful, honest and "down to earth." We enjoyed speaking with him and look forward to our next consultation. His positive consultation, gave us more faith to continue walking by.
Pastor Chris ThompsonPastor Chris Thompson
Thumbtack Customer
Tanya came to us on very short notice and helped us get through a difficult time. We had seen a counselor in the past, and had some success, but our issues really weren't resolved. We could tell that Tanya is different, and have a good feeling that she is going to help improve our relationship. Highly recommend her.
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Thumbtack Customer
Only had 1 session with Tanya, the 1 hour consultation turned into 2 hours. She was very considerate, easy to talk to and knows how to professionally conduct counseling as it should be done. We look forward to continuing our future with Tanya and hope we can work through our tough times. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking guidance, counselor wether it be personal or marriage. Thanks Tanya.
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Jen S.
I want to thank David for the invaluable insight he gave in regard to my relationship. He was able to talk to us in a way that we were able to relate and apply methods to the weaknesses in our relationship. David responded quickly and provided options that others haven't offered. He is flexible when it comes to how we attend sessions and that was crucial for us due traveling. Our session didn't feel rushed and he actually engaged us individually in a combined session which made me feel like he genuinely sought a solution in our concerns. Most counselors ask how things make you feel and you leave feeling like you vented, but didn't get anywhere with how to fix or change things; David takes a different approach. David values our goals and challenges us to look at things in a different light. I can't recommend David and his services enough. For those who have busy schedules or don't live close by, David works with you and offers Skype sessions. David, thank you so much for being available and flexible with your time and session methods. We have recommended David on numerous occasions and will continue to do so.
I Am Discovered LLCI Am Discovered LLC
Henry A.
I had a heartbreak and was looking for a counselor as I was feeling suicidal. Luckily I came across Arya on thumbtack and I'm so glad I gave him a try. He offers a free consultation, so I took the opportunity to talk to him and afterwards I felt my anxiety reduce as he provided techniques to not only feel better mentally but physically. So I set up weekly counseling sessions and I'm glad I signed up. Arya provides exact techniques that are practical and easy to follow. Before I started coaching with Arya, I was feeling completely hopeless. I took traditional talk therapy sessions and didn't see much improvement. I also took hypnosis sessions but the effects of that were only felt on the day of the session and day or two after. After seeing Arya, the effects of the statements he provides addresses the source of the grief and is thus long lasting so I have hope that I will fully heal. Arya provides natural remedies to alleviate anxiety and heal the pain that happens after a breakup, as well as guiding the way to get through it. His teachings are from his own personal experiences so it's easy to connect with him and follow his suggestions. He is very knowledgeable, patient, kind and empathetic to your circumstances, and he'll tailor his support to your specific needs. He provides flexible program options which make it easier to find a structure that will work for you. I highly recommend him if you're going through a heartbreak or any other painful life event and want to get your life back on track. I look forward to our ongoing work together, and am excited to keep improving my life.
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