Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Psychologist?
The profession of psychology is regulated by the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP). To be regulated, a psychologist must have a graduate (Masters or Doctoral) degree, an extensive period of supervised work experience and pass professional examinations. Psychologists must also adhere to the professional practice guidelines and ethical principles of their professional regulatory organization.
When should I consider a Psychologist?
Psychologists provide assessment, consultation and interventions (counseling/therapy) for a range of difficulties, some of which include:
• Decreased ability to remember, sleep, eat, or engage in activities of daily living
• Anxiety, fears or phobias
• Managing stress at home, school or work
• Resolving relationship problems with a spouse, partner children, co-workers or others
• Coping with life transitions such as separation, divorce, career change, job loss, diagnosis of chronic or terminal illness (e.g., cancer, HIV, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, spinal cord injury, cardiac condition)
• Chronic pain
• Adapting to changes in sexual function
• Issues associated with gender orientation, coming out
• Parenting, child and teenager behavioural problems such as truancy, bullying
• Job performance, perfectionism
• Substance abuse, problem gambling, internet addiction
• Physical emotional or sexual abuse
• Lifestyle changes, health and wellness
• Learning and attention problems, ADHD
What is Therapy or Counselling?
Therapy or counselling is a partnership where the psychologist helps you better understand or solve your problems.
Therapy and counselling both provide the opportunity for you to talk openly and confidentially about your concerns and feelings.
Therapy and counselling is usually client-centered and collaborative in nature and may include homework between sessions to facilitate insight and progress toward resolution of problems.
Many people see counselling and therapy as very similar. We see two differences; counselling often refers to dealing with day-to-day issues in your life, like stress or conflict. Therapy deals with an individual’s difficulties by addressing basic beliefs about the self. In addition, counselling typically involves reflection, problem-solving, and facilitation of emotional expression. Therapy will more often take a specific approach to a difficulty, such as cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, psychodynamic, hypnotherapy or existential therapy. Each approach has a unique way of viewing and treating a problem or issue. All of our psychologists are able to do both counselling and therapy and will use a variety of therapeutic approaches to address an issue.