Practicing therapists and psychologists have the professional training and clinical skills to help people learn to cope more effectively with life issues and mental health problems.
After years of graduate school and supervised training, they become licensed by their states to provide a number of services, including evaluations and psychotherapy. Psychologists and therapists help by using a variety of techniques based on the best available research and consider someone’s unique values, characteristics, goals and circumstances.
How Does a Therapist or Psychologist Help?
Practicing therapists use an assortment of evidence-based treatments to help people improve their lives. Most commonly, they use therapy (often referred to as psychotherapy or talk therapy). There are many different styles of therapy, but the psychologist or therapist will choose the type that best addresses the person’s problem and best fits the patient’s characteristics and preferences.