How will I know if seeking psycho-educational associates is the right choice for me?
If you feel frustrated or unable to cope with life on your own, then seeking help from a specialized clinician is a good choice. Some other signs that professional assistance may be needed include experiencing regular and severe problems that hinder your ability to function well in social settings, or at work, school or home.
How do I know if I have a learning disability?
Many people struggle with academic achievement. Even some who struggle severely may have an underlying learning disability that goes undiagnosed, but rarely does it go unnoticed. Learning Disabilities can manifest into broad difficulties throughout the life cycle. For example, one may have a lot of difficulty managing bills, and other important documents. One may appear very disorganized or become easily frustrated without understanding why they, themselves become this way. This can lead to interpersonal conflicts and relationship problems. The only way to really understand the presence of an underlying learning disability is to have comprehensive testing done by a trained specialist. Once a learning disability is diagnosed or ruled out, a professional can assist in personalized intervention planning to help overcome these personal, and sometimes debilitating obstacles.
How do I know if I have a drug or alcohol problem?
Psychoactive drugs and alcohol have been used for centuries in most cultures throughout the world. Even today, drugs and alcohol are used for various reasons including socialization, medical, or religious uses. The fact is, most people who consume these psychoactive chemicals do not become addicted. Research tells us that only about 10% of people who use drugs/alcohol develop a severe substance abuse problem. Unfortunately a substance abuse disorder is one of the most difficult mental health issue to battle. This difficulty is exacerbated by an inherent sense of denial from the person afflicted with chemical dependency. This may result in shame, embarrassment, or a sense of personal failure or weakness. Fortunately a skilled addictions specialist can help one engage in self-exploration and work through defenses to help the addict/alcoholic reflect on their personal patterns of use and negative consequences of use. If your consumption of drugs and/or alcohol often results in negative consequences you may not just be “unlucky”; you may have a substance abuse problem that is likely to get progressively worse without professional help.
Does therapy really work?
Psychology is a fairly old discipline, and one that’s been well studied. Research has shown that psychological therapy is an effective way of addressing and mitigating a variety of different problems. In addition to therapy, psychologists will also regularly plan your treatment with professionals that specialize in other areas of medicine.
The most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to therapy is the collaboration between you and your psychologist. He or she will offer guidance and support, but you, the patient, also have a responsibility to communicate openly and be willing to embrace more adaptive ways to deal with your life’s challenges.
How do psychologists and school psychologists differ?
Both psychologists and school psychologists are experienced professionals that deal with diagnosing and assessing patients, but school psychologists are trained specifically to do these things as they relate to career planning and a patient’s education, whereas other psychologists will practice in a more general and clinical capacity.
What methods do your psychologists use in the treatment?
Our psychologists all use methods that have been researched carefully. They will work to tailor these tried-and-true treatment plans to match your own needs. The practitioners here prefer both cognitive behavioral therapy and client-centered therapy for most patients but are ready to incorporate family models if needed.
Is seeing a psychologist a long process?
It’s very common for people to want a timeline for getting better. That timeline actually depends upon the chosen treatment and the patient’s own personality. You’ll be able to work with your service provider to set goals and dates to get a more accurate timeline.
Are you able to prescribe medication?
While many psychologists are well versed when it comes to medical treatments, they are unable to prescribe medication themselves. Their focus is on changing factors dealing with the patient’s environment and personal behaviors.