Psychology @ Saltfleet Clinic
Psychologists study the human mind, emotions, behaviour and learning. The profession of psychology is dedicated to understanding how these experience of human life interact with one another, and influence our functioning in day to day life.
A psychologist can support individuals, couples, families and the community to improve mental health, wellbeing, performance and relationships.
Some of the reasons you might choose to consult a psychologist include:
Symptoms of depression can include persistently low mood, decreased pleasure or interest in activities, changes to sleep or appetite or thoughts of suicide. A psychologist can help you build strategies, based on the most recent evidence, to overcome the negative spiral of depression and move forward in a positive way.
Symptoms of anxiety, such as panic attacks, increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, racing thoughts, excessive worry or unexplained feelings of fear can have a huge impact on daily life. Working with a psychologist can help you understand where these feelings come from and learn ways to manage and decrease the symptoms of anxiety in your life.
Feeling stressed, overwhelmed or burnt out can lead to poor performance, mental health conditions, troubles in relationships and even physical health problems. Working with a psychologist can help you uncover where stress comes from, make changes in your life to avoid unnecessary stress and create a toolkit of strategies to use when you experience inevitable life stresses to make the experience more manageable.
PTSD and Trauma
PTSD and Trauma: Many people with struggle to adjust following a traumatic experience. Sometimes this can manifest as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder including symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares, avoiding reminders of the traumatic event and feelings of self-blame, anger, fear or shame. Other times it can just be difficult to assimilate a traumatic experience into one’s existing view of the world. In both scenarios, a psychologist can help you process the experience you’ve been through, and reduce the ongoing suffering due to PTSD symptoms.
Relationships: Human beings are social creatures, and we are hard-wired to crave connection, but building and maintaining meaningful relationships can be challenging for some people. A psychologist can help you explore why you might be experiencing difficulties in relationships, and help you to improve your inter-personal skills to work toward more fulfilling relationships.
Purpose, Identity or Direction
Purpose, Identity or Direction: Struggling to find a sense of meaning or not having a clear sense of who you are or what you’re meant to achieve in this world can be distressing and can lead to symptoms of depression or other illness. A psychologist can support you to uncover what is truly important to you, set clear and achievable goals to help you move in a desired direction and create a positive sense of self.
Mindfulness is all about learning to pay attention to the present moment, without judging it as good or bad, but just accepting it for what it is. Countless studies have shown its benefits for reducing stress, depression, anxiety and increasing wellbeing, happiness and has even been shown to be beneficial for managing pain. A psychologist can introduce you to the skills of Mindfulness and support you to practice them in your daily life.
Psychologists continue studying throughout their careers, and have a broad range of different skills and experiences. The list above is just a snippet of what a psychologist may be able to support you with, so if you have specific concerns that you’d like to discuss, consider reaching out to find out how meeting with a psychologist may be beneficial for you.