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Information About Psychology

Psychologists are experts in human behavior and interpersonal relationships, and on mental health concerns such as depression, stress reduction, pain control, substance abuse treatment, anxiety and phobias. Research in Psychology has led to monumental advances in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems--and Psychologists can contribute significantly to your ability to achieve good psychological and physical health.

Health means different things to different people. Generally speaking, however, psychologically healthy people enjoy life and feel good about themselves, are comfortable with other people, have satisfying relationships, meet most of life's challenges and enjoy their jobs or school. Sometimes, however, coping with the stress of modern life can sometimes be too much to handle. This is one of the instances where psychological services can help.

One of the most important services psychologists provide is therapy.  Psychologists can help you look objectively at behaviors, feelings and thoughts in different situations--and help you develop solutions to deal with those situations. Therapy is a collaborative effort, where the psychologist and his or her client identify goals--what they want to happen--and agree on how they will know when progress is being made.

Psychologists are active in nearly every sector of our society. One of the areas where psychologists are increasingly visible is in the workplace. They extend their expertise in human behavior to corporate, business and organizational settings, and provide assistance to individuals and groups on the psychological aspects of their work.

Clearly, psychology is working. Nine out of 10 Americans surveyed by Consumer Reports said that therapy helped them. In another major national study, half of the patients made improvements after eight sessions of therapy and three-quarters of them made improvements after six months of therapy. Through a scientific base of knowledge, psychologists have contributed to understanding human behavior and alleviating pain and suffering.

California psychologists spend an average of 7.2 years on their doctoral degrees in addition to their undergraduate education. A year of supervised post-doctoral psychological training is required before taking a national written proficiency test to acquire a license to practice as a psychologist in the state.

Psychologists help millions of Americans of all ages find solutions to the challenges of everyday lifeYou can Find a Psychologist here.


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