How is a psychologist and school psychologist different from other mental health professionals? Most psychologists and school psychologists are experienced with diagnosis and assessment. Psychologists specialize in diagnosis and treatment planning in clinical settings and general practice. Whereas, school psychologists are trained to be particularly fluent in diagnosis and assessment as it relates to educational and career planning.
What can I expect at my first appointment? At your first appointment, you will meet with one of our psychologists or school psychologists to discuss your reasons for seeking help. You may be asked questions about your beliefs, expectations, and experiences. This will help us to understand your current situation and outlook. You will work with your service provider to set a schedule for future appointments based on your needs.
What types of techniques do your psychologists use? Our practitioners use research-supported techniques but remain aware of the practical limitations of these methods. We work to tailor proven treatments to your lifestyle. Our practitioners preferred therapeutic styles are cognitive-behavioral therapy and client-centered therapy. Family therapy models are used when a client decides to incorporate this approach into their treatment plan.
How long will the process take? Many people want to know how long it will take to see change or to feel different. This often depends on the treatment plan that you design. You can work with your service provider to identify target dates for completion of goals.
Can you prescribe medication? Psychologists cannot prescribe medications. Although many psychologists are well read on medical interventions, their approaches focus on changing environmental and behavioral factors.