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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 Kips Bay therapists
Richard K.
the best, most intelligent,human, knowledgeable, insightful and analytic therapist I have ever known
Dr. Anna Fekete (PhD)Dr. Anna Fekete (PhD)
Kyle K.
Anna is a wonderful therapist. Very responsive and an excellent listener. Looking forward to seeing her again!
Dr. Anna Fekete (PhD)Dr. Anna Fekete (PhD)
Elisa A.
My therapy sessions with Vladimire have been empowering. Her ability to make me feel so at ease made it incredibly easy for me to share my past experiences. I was able to overcome so many obstacles of my past and move forward with my life. Vladimire is positive, spiritual and caring. These are few of the amazing traits that make her an incredible therapist! She has pushed to become the best version of myself! I always leave her sessions feeling empowered and refreshed!
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Thumbtack Customer
If I could give Mrs. Calixte 10 stars I would! I never went to a therapist before so I was very nervous, but there is something that is very disarming about Mrs. Calixte, that makes you feel like you all have been best friends forever! I am currently having individual and couples therapy with her - she is a great listener, very intuitive and insightful in her approach. I would recommend strongly recommend her to anyone who's ready to achieve positivity in their life! Forget the nerves like I did, don't think about it, schedule an appointment today - I am confident you will have absolutely NO regrets!
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Sera L.
We have recently started working with Alisa as our relationship counsellor. She is very supportive, a great listener, encouraging, realistic and gives us tangible goals to work toward. We are engaged and are getting married in a year, and this was the right step for us to take. Online therapy works great for us for a lot of reasons, especially because of our busy schedules. We look forward to doing more work with Alisa and highly recommend her!
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Jasmine K.
Vladimire provided us couples therapy along with individual sessions during a very tough time in our lives. She provided us a warm environment where we were able to talk about things we could never have discussed on our own. She not only helped us as a couple, but she helped us grow and find our strengths individually as well. Without Vladimire's help and guidance I truly don't know where I would be right now. She still keeps in contact and checks in on us even though we are not actively seeing her currently. She truly cares. Thank you, we feel very grateful that we found her and would recommend Vladimire very highly.
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Kim C.
I worked with Karoline on issues I was having with clutter in my house.  Using RTT: Rapid Transformational Therapy, she took me into a deep understanding of events in my childhood, and how I have attached meaning to these events which has caused me to hold onto clutter.  Karoline transformed these negative beliefs I was having, into positive affirmations.  And she made a 15-minute audio that I have been listening to for 21 days.  Karoline has the most soothing amazing voice.  She made space for me to work through my issues, and the transformation audio is just perfect.  So far, I have noticed my indifference to clutter in my home, rather than being terrified of it as I had in the past.  I have gradually begun to clear areas of my home and dispose (or donate) items I no longer need.  Truly, a session with Karoline is a gift.  You will not be disappointed.
RTT Hypnotherapy & Emotional Healing Fischer, MDRTT Hypnotherapy & Emotional Healing Fischer, MD
Thumbtack Customer
I came to Vladamire initially to work out my marriage issues and felt an instant connection with her as she was warm, open, and quick in understanding the issues. I think she is more than a marriage counselor, she has been there for me when I was at my lowest point and separating from my husband - she called, texted and went above and beyond what I think other therapists would do. She cares about her clients and not only helps to analyze the issues but focuses on solutions, ways in which we can heal ourselves. I would have never reached the point that I am at now which is a healthier view of my relationships and the most important relationship of all - with myself! I am grateful that I met this amazing woman and hope that others will benefit from her wisdom. I highly recommend Vladamire to those that wish to not only heal themselves of whatever pain they are going through but to discover themselves and their gifts to the world in the process.
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Thumbtack Customer
I've only just begun my sessions with Vladimire, but so far, I'm extremely pleased. Vladimire is very passionate about her work. She contacted me on Thumbtack right away and we began our sessions the next week. She is committed to ensuring that her clients are honest with themselves and she helps her clients tackle the toughest issues they face. Vladimire is very honest and she is not the type of professional who will hide the ball--she will let you know exactly what she believes will help heal you and how to accomplish it. This worked for me but you should know that going into the session. I've had other therapists who are not as up front about their assessments (but I also stopped visiting them shortly after we began our sessions). Vladimire is also very accessible to her clients. I can call, text or email her and I will receive a quick response. I also appreciate the fact that Vladimire is not guarded or personally closed off--she uses her own testimony and life experiences to help clients understand that none of us are exempt from experiencing challenging situations. Overall, I'm very pleased with my work with Vladimire.
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