What Psychologists do

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Psychologists have expertise in all aspects of psychological functioning, including cognitive, emotional, behavioural, spiritual, and intellectual dimensions. Psychologists assess, advise, and assist people to improve their life adjustment and functioning.

Psychologists apply their expertise to a broad range of issues and clients. Their clients include individuals, families, organisations, and communities.

The settings in which psychologists offer their services are diverse, including schools, health centres and hospitals, community and sports organisations, the workplace, police and defence services, research institutes, as well as private clinics.

Information about several different types of psychologist can be viewed on the New Zealand Psychological Society's website. (NOTE: link leads to an external website.)

Information about psychologists' scopes of practice can be viewed here.

How Psychologists can help

 People consult a psychologist for many reasons, including, but not limited to:

  • Addictions
  • Anxiety, fears, phobias, and panic attacks
  • Becoming more confident as parents or teachers
  • Career planning, training, and staff development
  • Children’s learning, behaviour, and management problems
  • Community development
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Eating and weight control problems
  • Health issues such as migraines and chronic pain
  • Improving sports performance
  • Marital, family, and relationship problems
  • Personal growth
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Making better workplaces, improving employment selection
  • Reviewing organisational structure and practices
  • Improving industrial relations and occupational health and safety
  • Studying consumer needs
  • Personal growth
  • Organisational development
  • Stress and coping skills

If you are consulting a Psychologist check

The Register of Psychologists to ensure that he or she is registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board. NOTE: It is illegal for any person to use the title 'Psychologist' if not registered with the Board as a Psychologist. [Refer section 7 of the HPCA Act 2003.]

That the psychologist holds a current Practising Certificate (has active status).

That the psychologist has specialist expertise which matches with your needs.

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