My blog today concentrates on the last three forms of therapy. I have benefited to some degree, from a combination of both counselling and psychology.
A psychiatrist deals with mental health problems. After an initial consultation they may refer patients back to a psychologist, counsellor or psychotherapist for ‘talking therapy.’ It is very rare that a psychiatrist takes on patients themselves.
They may also prescribe drugs. Psychiatrists tend to work in hospitals, but can also work within the community dealing with mental health teams.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy (or CBT) is a counselling approach that aims to solve problems concerning dysfunctional emotions, behaviours and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic procedure. It is effective for the treatment of a variety of problems, including mood, anxiety, personality, eating, substance abuse, and psychotic disorders.
CBT is used in individual therapy as well as group settings, and the techniques are often adapted for self-help applications.
Psychology is the study of human behaviour. Interestingly, the word psychology literally means, “study of the soul” derived from Ancient Greek.
Psychologists attempt to understand the role of mental functions in individual and social behaviour, while also exploring underlying physiological and neurological processes.
Taking the first step is to recognise that these sort of emotional issues can often be addressed through professional help. It is important that we take control from the negative influences in our lives so that we can move on. Therapy greatly assists in this process.