A Psychologist can be referred to as a therapist, or psychotherapist, is a trained professional and education practitioner in the field of psychology who is licensed by a state authority certifying their capability to offer their services to the public. The therapist is a mental health professional whose objective it is to aid people in improving the quality of their lives. The process of therapy is focused on the development and improvement of both emotional and cognitive skills for the purpose of reducing the adverse and undesirable symptoms related to mental health challenges. The therapist seeks to provide clients with coping skills to facilitate the management of the adverse effects of mental health issues affecting daily functioning and interpersonal relationships.
A therapist is objective and unbiased in their approach to the mental health challenges encountered by individuals. The therapist is empathetic and supportive. One of the main roles of the therapist is to provide education for the client, information about the origin and development of particular forms of mental health issues. In addition to education, the therapist offers insight to the client, providing the client with new ways of thinking and defining the problems in terms of copying skills, ameliorate, and extinguish their undesirable effects altogether through the use of a number of treatment therapies and strategies.
What Therapists do?
Through the process of therapy, or psychotherapy, the therapist provides a variety of modalities focused in several ways on the assessment and identification of the specific problems the client is facing, assessing their effects, determining their origins, and the identification of coping mechanisms and other techniques for diminishing the adverse effect of the problem.
Common activities for the therapist are:
- Listening to clients
- Analyzing client descriptions of their problems
- Identifying experiences in the client’s past which have contributed to current mental health problems
- Providing empathetic comfort to clients
- Providing clients with unbiased, objective input related to problems
- Objectively identifying the symptoms of mental health problems and disorders
- The diagnosis of mental health problems and disorders.
- The development with the client of techniques to manage adverse symptoms
- Providing clients with input on how to change maladaptive thought and behavior patterns and habits.
- Leading client sto a better understanding of him or herself and of other people
- Teaching clients effective communication and cognitive skills
- Teaching clients techniques to positively and effectively resolve personal and interpersonal conflicts affecting their relationships, at home, in school, and in work environments
- Providing emotional and cognitive support for clients in various states of crisis
- Providing crisis counseling to clients
- Teaching clients specific skills in personal management of crisis situations, such as deep breathing, cognitive exercises, meditation, and other approaches
- Providing clients non-directive input and advice
- Referring clients to other practitioners, such as psychiatrists and/or medical professionals as needed
- Bringing clients into a a better and more positive relationship with themselves and who they are, self-acceptance
- Contributing to the reduction of the stigma of mental heath problems and the seeking and use of psychotherapy.
At Blair Wellness Group, Dr. Cassidy Blair is a highly skilled and well-educated licensed psychologist and therapist prepared to help patients to deal with their conflicts and other problems affecting their communication and interactions with people and situations that may be interfering with happiness, health, success and stability. Dr. Blair is a Beverly Hills Psychologist and a Los Angeles Psychologist supporting patients to deal with their challenges in positive ways for the purpose of improving their quality of life and interpersonal relationships.