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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Salt Lake City therapists
Timelle G.
Crisy is amazing. She makes you feel comfortable and heard which I think is the most important quality to have as a therapist. I can’t wait to work with her more!
Individual/Relationship Coach (SLC Area) Crisy S.Individual/Relationship Coach (SLC Area) Crisy S.
Anna M.
We’ve seen Nancy twice now and planning to see her again. So far, when time is up I don’t even want to leave! When beginning looking for a couples counselor I scheduled with Nancy and a different licensed therapist. We saw the therapist a week after we first saw Nancy and it was a night and day difference. Nancy really dived right in and was very responsive and great at guiding conversation while the therapist involved a lot of empty silence and questions. Nancy has a great approach and you can tell she has a lot of experience. I really feel like she gets what we are feeling and going through. We left our last two appointments feeling GOOD which I was surprised by because well.. relationship problems. We love Nancy!
Nancy More, Marriage & Relationship CoachNancy More, Marriage & Relationship Coach
Matthew D.
As my first ever therapy session, I don't know what I was expecting, but Alicia was able to guide me toward identifying an early memory that has been influencing my thoughts. Overall, I felt our session was beneficial, and I would recommend Alicia.
Alicia JoyfulAlicia Joyful
Kate W.
Prior to John, my husband believed therapy was “for those who are emotionally weak.” After the first session there was a not only a change in how we communicated as a couple, but my husband changed his schedule for a second session. We have completed three sessions, growing both individually and as a couple. John’s approach is unique and genuine.
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James C.
Nancy is honestly a godsend! I was skeptical at first because she’s considered a “life coach” but she is more experienced then any couples therapist I can think of. She doesn’t take sides and is very neutral no matter the situation. She has helped not only my relationship but me personally as well. I would highly recommend her to any couple struggling no matter what the issue or issues may be!
Nancy More, Marriage & Relationship CoachNancy More, Marriage & Relationship Coach
Shan H.
I like the idea of relationship coaching, which is more suitable for me compared to counseling/therapy. Nancy is an experienced and professional relationship coach. She prompted questions that help me think about my situation from a different angle. She helped me overcome my inner fear holding me back from getting what I deserve. She is very generous with her time with me and she does not cut the conversation just because time is up for the scheduled session. I couldn't express enough appreciation for her.
Nancy More, Marriage & Relationship CoachNancy More, Marriage & Relationship Coach
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