What is a psychologist?

Psychologists are people who have graduated from the psychology department of universities. Psychology is the only department that cannot have a profession after graduating from psychology, because in undergraduate education, the definition, differentiation and training of human mental health is taken, but it is not sufficient for the skills of helping the person, in short, the therapy skills. In order to support people’s mental health, it is necessary to be a clinical psychologist. In order to become a clinical psychologist, therapeutic training is taken after undergraduate education.
While a psychology graduate can develop his/her expertise by taking trainings in many fields such as education, forensic, industry, etc., they also receive training in the field of therapeutic skills and become a clinical psychologist in order to help individuals guide the areas they have difficulty in coping with in their lives by taking trainings to support people’s mental health. In particular, the training of the clinical psychologist continues in parallel with the professional life. Because the living conditions of people are also changing, so the techniques applied to them should also change. While 15 years ago children were climbing trees and their knees were bruised, today’s children play with their tablets for hours and call an acne scar a wound, so the way of therapeutic help is changing with changing living conditions.
A subject that is often confused is the psychologist and the psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are doctors who graduated from medical school, and they are doctors who give medicine in conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar, which are often called psychosis. However, both psychologists and psychiatrists provide therapeutic assistance to their clients with the training they receive in school theory, which they accept.
Who consults a psychologist and why?
First of all, the concept of ‘receiving psychological support’ is a concept that has just begun to be considered in our country, compared to America and Europe.
So it’s like, ‘People, what have I got? Why should I go to a psychologist?’ ‘Am I sick? ‘ and he may be cold towards seeking psychological help. However, those who come to the psychologist are not considered as patients as it is thought.
Everyone has problems in their life that they have trouble coping with. A person in the face of these problems Many people have problems in their living conditions, the important thing is the violence that these problems affect the flow of life. A person can only see a part of the problem situation he is in, and may not always be able to look from the outside. He may think biased, and the advice of friends may be biased, but the therapy process, which is carried out with the support of a psychologist and a completely neutral relationship that will only stay in the interview room, is not like that.
In the therapeutic process, the person is guided to gain the ability to look at the problems in his life from a different perspective, to see his/her own coping skills, to see his/her own strength, and to gain the ability to solve problems within the framework of unconditional acceptance.
How do our emotions affect our lives?
We humans have a structure that shapes our behavior according to the shape of our emotions. If our emotions have a pessimistic structure with negativity, we cannot see our strengths in our lives and we cannot climb the steps by getting support from them, but we can become even stronger by thinking positively and getting support from our strengths in our lives.
In general, people do not tend to see the positive, successful and strong aspects of their life. He tends to see the negative aspects. We have a tendency to solve our problems the only way we know how. However, in the solution of every problem, there is at least one more solution, as long as we learn to look at it differently. We have seen many times a fly trying to get out of the window. He wants to go out by hitting the glass many times, but because he uses the same method every time, he gets hit again and gets hit again… he repeats in such a vicious circle but can’t get results..
We humans direct our thoughts according to our current feelings, and our thoughts affect our behavior. Orienting our lives according to emotions may cause us to overlook that the possible source of the problem in our life may be caused by different reasons instead of a single reason, so we can gain the ability to look at the problem from different perspectives and produce different solutions with psychological support.
Every person’s reaction to the same problem is different, and past experiences are effective in this. If we explain this with an example; Many people develop different reactions to this situation in line with their own experiences, ‘even if you meet someone you know on the road and they pass by very close, they do not greet you even though you see them’. Our perception of events and the different perception of each person is due to the difference of each individual’s past experience. While some ignore it, some may accept it with understanding, while others may be angry with him or may experience the anxiety that he does not greet because it is not worth greeting for him. In this encounter situation, when no greeting is given, our emotions come into play first, such as anger, resentment, feeling of worthlessness towards ourselves. However, if we can think of at least three possible reasons why this person might not have greeted us before we put our emotions into action, the severity of our emotions, and therefore the feelings created in us. We can minimize the negative impact.
Let’s diversify this example with another example and show that it can be applied in all conditions of our lives; You agreed to meet up with a friend at five o’clock in the evening and you came to the place you were talking about at that hour, you waited, you waited and a full hour passed, you don’t have a friend!! Also, his phone is off! Exactly an hour later, your friend came… how would you feel? What happens to your one? Anger for keeping you waiting? Worried that an accident has happened to you? Well, after this event, let’s activate our thought system before we activate our emotions. Because if we focus on a single possible reason, even if our friend has a valid reason when he comes, we will not listen to him because we will vomit our anger at him, and we may spoil our relationship with him and regret it later. Your friend hasn’t come to your appointment for an hour. Let’s think of at least 5 reasons for this delay instead of a single reason: 1. There was a disruption in his job, his boss did not send him in an emergency meeting and therefore his phone is switched off. 2. It was stuck in traffic, its battery ran out. 3. had an accident or something happened to him. He forgot the 4th appointment. 5. Looking for a florist to buy you a surprise flower. Like.. if we consider more than one positive or negative reasons, when your friend comes, our emotions can be softer and more controlled and we can reduce our possible regrets. At least you can manage to express it in a more controlled way, even if there is no really valid reason for you. Whereas, if we focus on one reason, which is usually the worst for us, we find it difficult to control our emotions and we do harm from it.
How do I know that my mental health is good psychologically?
There are three pillars that sustain human mental health, the first of which is; the goodness of the effect created by the relationship with the family and the partner, the second; the degree of material and moral satisfaction received from business life, and the third; the time that the person dedicates to his/her participation in social life and hobbies. If there is a deficiency in any of these, the pillar that sustains the mental health of the person is also missing, and when it encounters an earthquake, it can be damaged by concussion.
Why should I go and consult a psychologist when I have friends around me?
The help you get from a psychologist is different from the help you get from your friend. The therapy session is only your hour, you are the subject of that hour, not mutual conversation. A psychologist is someone who will never be in your private or social life. What is said in the therapy room just stays there unless it’s life threatening. The psychologist looks at the problems you experience in your life with a neutral eye, not biased like your friend, does not guide you, gives you the opportunity to choose the best one for yourself.
How is the process of getting psychological help?
Each session is a repeating process at certain intervals, which can vary between 45 and 60 minutes. The first 3-4 sessions begin with the psychologist trying to look at the client’s life as much as possible through the client’s glasses. By trying to understand how the person is trying to overcome the problems in his life, it guides him to gain skills in trying different ways by showing the awareness of other strengths in these coping efforts.

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