Psychology deals with the study of mental processes, human behavior and the offering of psychological support, the purpose of which is to help people to relieve stress, nervousness, to establish harmonious relationships with others and restore internal balance. Also, this area guides people in the process of making certain decisions and making choices.
Often, the psychologist is confused with the doctor psychiatrist, which is completely wrong. The difference is that the psychologist is not a doctor in the full sense of the word, he does not have medical training and education. Psychology as a science is learned at humanitarian universities, so a psychologist is not authorized to prescribe medicines or to diagnose, like a psychiatrist does. A specialist psychologist works exclusively with people who have no mental diseases.
Psychologists who have received accredited training, beside the psychological faculty, have the right to conduct psychotherapy sessions. The difference between psychological counseling and psychotherapy is that the first is a preventive approach, and the second is a therapeutic one.
For example, person X is in a relationship with a difficult, demanding, and aggressive partner. As a result of stress, ongoing aggression, person X will feel exhausted, worried, overwhelmed. Over time, this anxiety and exhaustion turn into helplessness and despondency, into a feeling of loss of control. If this X will request to a psychologist in the early stages, as soon as he / she notices difficulties, with the help of psychological counseling, he can find resources to establish control over the situation that he / she is struggling with. Most probably he will soon feel that although it is difficult, it’s not impossible to cope with a difficult partner and, as a result, will prevent a divorce or the occurrence of emotional disorders.
If the same X comes to the psychologist, when the feeling of helplessness, exhaustion, anxiety has developed into a state of depression or panic attacks, then we can talk about the process of psychotherapy – depression and anxiety with concomitant panic attacks are already emotional disorders, and psychological counseling is not enough here. Of course, the list of examples can be continued endlessly, but it is an indisputable fact that timely intervention of a psychologist can prevent more serious problems.
Psychological counseling and psychotherapy sessions at Medpark
Psychological consultations and psychotherapy sessions at Medpark are held individually for a duration of 50-60 minutes. During these sessions, several methods of intervention are used, such as:
- Therapy focused on problems and solutions;
- Motivational interview;
- Relaxation methods;
- Erickson hypnosis;
- Metaphorical maps;
- Art therapy;
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy
Visits to the psychologist can be one-time or regular. It’s up to the patient to decide how many visits he needs. A visit should be the norm for those who do not feel confident and supported by family and friends or faces with stressful situations daily. We have to take care about our soul and feelings as much as we take care of our body.
Most often, patients turn to a psychologist:
- in the postpartum period;
- in case of conflicts in pairs;
- in case of conflicts with children or for support in the educational process;
- after stress or death in the family;
- after information about a severe diagnosis, after an accident or other health problem;
- in case of unexplained fatigue or burnout at work;
- after other stressful situations, feelings of anxiety, concern or difficult relationships with people.
Who can seek help of a psychologist?
- Teenagers with or without parents
- Young children accompanied by parents
No matter how skeptical we are about the necessary for psychological treatment, we cannot deny that an emotional state affects our health. For example, severe stress, caused by the death of a loved person, can cause changes in the thyroid gland or the appearance of a stomach ulcer. Consultation with an endocrinologist or gastroenterologist is absolutely necessary, but the addition of a psychological consultation will increase the effectiveness of treatment and significantly reduce the risk of relapse.
Of course, the physical state also affects the emotional. For example, the physiological state of pregnancy affects the emotional state. That is why we must take care of our physical and mental state to be in balance and harmony.