What is a Psychologist?

A psychologist studies how we think, feel and behave from a scientific viewpoint and applies this knowledge to help people understand, explain and change their behaviour.

Where Do Psychologists Work?

Some psychologists work primarily as researchers and faculty at universities and at governmental and non-governmental organizations. Others work primarily as practitioners in hospitals, schools, clinics, correctional facilities, employee assistance programs and private offices. Others works as consultants to corporations and various organizations. Many psychologists are active in both research and practice.

What does a Psychologist do?

Practicing psychologists help a wide variety of people and can treat many kinds of problems. Some people may talk to a psychologist because they have felt depressed, angry, or anxious for a long time. Or, they want help for a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health. Others may have short-term problems they want help navigating, such as feeling overwhelmed by a new job or grieving the death of a family member.

Psychologists can help people learn to cope with stressful situations, overcome addictions, manage their chronic illnesses, and tests and assessments that can help diagnose a condition or tell more about the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves. These tests may evaluate intellectual skills, cognitive strengths and weaknesses, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning.

How would I get to see a Psychologist?

Psychologists can accept direct referrals from the client. Health professionals like family doctors or psychiatrists can also refer you to a psychologist.

Is counseling covered by my insurance plan?

Private counselling is not covered by Alberta Health Care, but it is covered by most extended health care plans (like Blue Cross, Sunlife, and Great West, for example). These private, extended health care plans are often provided as a benefit through your employer. These plans provide coverage for the services of a Registered Psychologist (also referred to as a “chartered” or “licensed” psychologist). Your plan might also list this as coverage for “counselling,” “psychology,” or “psychotherapy.”

What Is the Difference Between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (completed medical school and residency) with special training in psychiatry. A psychiatrist is able to conduct psychotherapy and prescribe medications and other medical treatments.

A psychologist usually has an advanced degree, most commonly in clinical psychology, and often has extensive training in research or clinical practice. Psychologists treat mental disorders with psychotherapy and some specialize in psychological testing and evaluation.

Please contact Manor Clinic to discuss services offered by our psychologists.