Psychology is defined as the study of mind and behavior. A psychologist has the in-depth knowledge and professional training needed to help people understand and deal with life’s challenges, understand others and manage mental health issues.
There are many branches of psychology in which you can specialize, including:
Psychologists who specialize in addiction psychology diagnose, treat, and counsel patients who have various types of addictions. When people think of addiction, they usually think of illegal drugs or alcohol – however, you can be addicted to practically anything, such as shopping, exercising, or food.
When you have an addiction, you need more and more of what you’re addicted to in order to keep achieving the initial high. This need can affect your lifestyle, and your relationships at work and at home. Addiction psychologists use cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, and psychodynamics to treat addiction.
Cognitive psychology is the study of how the mind processes information, such as perception, memory, learning, reasoning, and language. It is the science of how we think.
Cognitive psychologists work in hospitals, universities, government agencies, and mental institutions. Cognitive changes may be the result of a diagnosis such as Alzheimer’s disease or a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A cognitive psychologist can also help those with a speech disorders or impediments.
Counseling psychology is the study and practice of psychological concepts as they apply to the daily lives of humans and their relationships. Problems in school or at work, deficits in learning skills, and socializing can all be addressed with psychological counseling. A counseling psychologist can teach you healthy coping mechanisms to daily stressors, traumatic events, and mental disorders.
Forensic psychology is the study of psychological concepts within the legal system. Forensic psychologists explain psychological concepts in criminal or civil court cases, and they can provide psychological assessments of both witnesses and criminals. A forensic psychologist helps with child custody evaluations, counseling victims of crime, screening law enforcement applicants, and assessing a person’s post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Personality psychologists study aspects of personality and how they influence behavior. A personality psychologist can help a business’ human resources department to determine the type of personality traits that would be most suitable for the job or the company, and who would be most successful at it.
Social psychology is the study of human behaviors, thoughts, and feelings in social situations. Social psychologists often offer conflict-mediation services to various types of organizations.
Mental Health Services
Here at RIVIA Medical, we provide warm, compassionate, and effective mental and emotional health services to our patients. Our psychiatry and psychology providers take their time with each patient, developing a relationship that is positive and rewarding.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call our friendly staff at RIVIA Medical today at (212) 203-1773, or book an appointment directly here and a member of our staff will reach out to you. We are proud to offer telehealth services for your safety and convenience, and we look forward to hearing from you.