A psychologist is a professional with the required training, education and skills to work with people toward diagnosing and providing treatment for behavioral, mental and emotional disorders. This scientific field studies mental processes and human behavior and strives to understand people through their thoughts, emotions, perceptions and actions. A psychologist helps people manage and cope with issues that may cause stress and make positive changes in their behavior and or lifestyle.
Practicing psychologists may offer treatment on an individual basis as well for couples, families and groups. Their services help people deal with stressful and sometimes debilitating circumstances such as job loss, marital difficulties, substance abuse and depression. Treatment may include an evaluation and assessment with follow-up therapy. Psychologists will work with the primary care physician or a psychiatrist if medication is beneficial in treating the patient. Psychologists help people develop a plan to ease their stress and make their lives more productive.