Atlanta Psychological Services
Clinical Psychologists have intensive training in treating mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, oppositional and defiant behavior, conduct problems, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), substance use problems, bipolar disorder, personality issues, trauma reactions, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and other concerns. Unlike most every other type of mental health professional, most clinical psychologists also are trained and experienced in providing psychological evaluations.
Within the field of clinical psychology, there are two different types of doctoral degrees - the PhD and the PsyD (pronounced, “Sigh-D,” which stands for “Doctorate of Psychology”). The primary difference is that, PhD psychologists receive more training in research and statistics. In contrast, PsyD psychologists typically receive more training in applied psychology, such as evaluation and psychotherapy techniques.
What is a psychological evaluation?
In general, a psychological evaluation, involves completing a variety of different tests and interview techniques to determine if you have mental health needs warranting attention and what type of treatments or interventions may be most helpful. If you are trying to figure out if you have a mental health disorder and how to help yourself, a psychological assessment is a great way to answer these questions.
What is psychotherapy?
There are a number of different approaches to therapy, stemming from different theoretical backgrounds, and designed to treat different issues or disorder. The most common types of therapy provided today are psychoanalysis, supportive counseling, talk therapy, behavior therapy, exposure therapy, cognitive therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
How is a psychologist different from a psychiatrist?
Psychologists provide non-medication interventions for mental health problems. Psychiatrists, on the other hand, typically prescribe medications to target symptoms without teaching non-pharmaceutical techniques to manage symptoms. Psychologists attend doctoral programs specifically for the study of psychology and receive a PsyD or PhD degree, while psychiatrists attend medical school an MD degree.
For some major syndromes and disorders, such as Major Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, among others, it is beneficial and often necessary to be treated by both a psychologist for psychotherapy AND a psychiatrist for psychopharmacologic management.
This article is for informational purposes only. Information provided on this web site is not intended to be used in place of professional psychological or medical advice, diagnosis, and/or treatment. If you are seeking mental health treatment, we welcome a call to this office at 770-457-5577. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.
What exactly is a psychologist?
In the State of Georgia, the term “psychologist” is a specific term that is restricted for use only by individuals who have completed a doctorate degree in psychology and are licensed by the State. Psychologists are mental health professionals who have completed anywhere from six to ten years of training, including completion of a course of graduate school training, practicum trainings, a year of internship, and a year of post-doctoral supervised work. In general, a psychologist will have education and training in human development, brain structure and function, behavioral dynamics, social and family dynamics, statistics and research methods, psychopharmacology, and ethics. Psychologists differ from other mental health professionals in that they receive a broader and lengthier education than, for example, masters degree level professionals.
There are a number of different types of psychologists with different specializations and backgrounds. Some examples are clinical psychologists (those who evaluate and treat mental illness), neuropsychologists (clinical psychologists who specialize in brain function and behavior), academic psychologists (they specialize in research and teaching), industrial/organizational psychologists (those who specialize in personnel psychology and organizational behavior), forensic psychologists (clinical psychologists who specialize in behavior and the legal system), among others.
The doctors at Atlanta Psychological Services are Clinical Psychologists, with the background and training to work with client in improving their mental health and overall functioning. This is done through psychotherapy for individuals, families, couples, and groups.
What are psychologists and what do they do?