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Many people find relief from depression, anxiety, and other emotional difficulties through seeing a clinical psychologist.

A clinical psychologist is a mental health professional who is trained to help people understand their feelings and assist them with changing their behaviour (APA, 2010). This is achieved through psychotherapy and counselling.

Research increasingly supports the idea that emotional and physical health are very closely linked and that psychotherapy/counselling can improve a person's overall well-being and functioning (APA 2010).

Psychotherapy/counselling is most effective when people attend regular sessions. One major study showed that 50 percent of patients noticeably improved after eight sessions while 75 percent of individuals in therapy improved by the end of six months. Psychotherapy with children is similar in effectiveness to therapy with adults (APA 2010).

Some common difficulties that we can help with include:

  • Overwhelming and prolonged sense of sadness, helplessness,
    and lack of hope
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Marital, family, and relationship problems
  • Adjustment difficulties (e.g., grief, loss, lifestyle changes)
  • Work challenges
  • Parenting concerns
  • Behavioural problems (e.g., inattention, hyperactivity, social withdrawal)
  • Academic issues