A Guide to Psychologists and Psychology: What’s it About?

Ever wondered what psychologists do? Psychologists training involves understanding human behaviour, how our minds work, how we relate to emotions, how we relate to others, how we develop and maintain helpful behaviours and how we can change unhelpful behaviours

People can benefit from seeing a psychologist for all sorts of reasons, including neuro-developmental disorders like ADHD and ASD, mental health struggles like depression, anxiety and addiction.  People also see psychologists to help them build skills such as mindfulness, social skills, assertiveness skills or anger management. It is also a great idea to see a psychologist if you are struggling with relationships, work or performance.

A Guide to Psychologists and Psychology: What’s it About? / Sydney City Psychology

What does a psychologist do?

When you see a psychologist, the clinician will observe and asks questions to get a thorough understanding of your difficulties.  The psychologist will then, with your help and expertise, come up with a collaborative formulation of your difficulties and discuss treatment options with you based on your goals.

Questions to ask a psychologist

You may feel uneasy about speaking to a ‘stranger’ about your personal concerns.  However, hopefully when you meet your psychologist, they will put you at ease by being warm, non-judgmental and accepting.

Some useful questions to ask in the first session are:

  • How can you help me?
  • How many sessions will I need?
  • How often do I need to see you?
  • What treatment approach would you recommend?

If you’d like to find out more about the services we offer, and how we can help you, contact our team of qualified, experienced psychologists.

A Guide to Psychologists and Psychology: What’s it About? / Sydney City Psychology