"She managed to unravel 6 years of counseling/mental health progress in less than 3 months. She pushed me into places I was not ready to explore, for her own research purposes. She caused many emotional breakdowns, and completely destabilized the fragile balance I created to keep my head above water. She didn’t care that I was suffering more by being her patient. She chose two tenuous topics and poked at them, trying to break me. Save your mental state and don’t become her patient.
p.s., she frequently lies about appointment times, changes them without talking to her patient. When faced with proof in the form of her own handwriting on an appointment card, she claimed forgery."
Psychologists are not medical doctors, but they are important workers in the mental health field. A psychologist studies the way people feel and think, as well as how thoughts and feelings change the way people act. When psychologists work with patients directly to help them feel better, they practice clinical psychology. Clinical psychologists diagnose mental health disorders and provide treatment in the form of therapy.
A clinical psychologist might work with individuals, families, groups, or organizations. They may see people who are struggling to work through difficult circumstances, trying to overcome bad habits or patterns in their lives, recovering from a brain injury, or suffering from mental illness such as depression.
Clinical psychologists are skilled assessors. Through talking to their patients they can: (1) identify which thoughts or feelings are causing the problems in their patient's life, (2) help their patient acknowledge what emotional strengths they bring to face those problems, and (3) make plans for treatment.
Treatment varies widely depending on the patient's problems and the psychologist's areas of expertise. There hundreds of recognized modes of therapy; in addition, a patient may need to see a psychiatrist (medical doctor) for medication treatment. Whichever therapies a psychologist uses, the goal is to help patients see areas in their life where their thoughts or feelings are holding them back and causing distress. Through therapy, psychologists can encourage their patients to develop new ways to adapt so that they can lead happier lives.