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When you talk to psychologists and other mental health professionals, you might find them using some terms that you do not fully understand. By learning these key terms, you can prepare yourself for conversations with therapists. This way, you can decide which one meets your needs best and get the most out of your counseling.

  • Psychiatrist – A psychiatrist is a doctor that has the ability to prescribe medications. Your psychologist, however, cannot prescribe medicine.
  • Mental Health Clinic – Mental health clinics can offer a variety of services. They might focus on meeting the needs of people undergoing drug rehabilitation. They might also focus on anxiety disorders, depression, and other common mental health problems.
  • Family Counseling – Family counseling often takes place in a group to help family members communicate with each other in more effective ways.
  • Couples Counseling – This is similar to family counseling, expect therapists focus on the relationship between two people in a relationship.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – This is one of the most common and effective forms of therapy. Psychologists using this approach make connections between thought patterns and physical behaviors. This helps the patient modify their thoughts to change their behavioral patterns. Cognitive behavioral therapy might also involve exposure, especially for patients with OCD and phobias that cause high levels of anxiety.
  • Anger Management – A group of techniques that teach individuals how to recognize signs of anger and find alternative ways of expressing their feelings without yelling, threatening violence, or engaging in other unhealthy behaviors that often lead to bigger communication and legal problems.
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    Donna E. Harkins, Psy.d.
    321 N Vermont Street, Covington, LA 70433
    I work with adults & elders using general clinical psychology to address a wide range of life’s issues. My first priority is to offer a comfortable setting and to get to know each person.
    (985) 796-5717
    Simone & Associates PLLC
    450 E Pass Rd Ste 3b, Gulfport, MS 39507
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    (228) 604-0099
    User Review: "Would highly recommend them to any couples and family having marriage problems-very caring and professional folks"
    Robert F Hester Ph.D. Psycholgst
    7 Woodstone Plz, Hattiesburg, MS 39402
    (601) 264-0073
    Balanced Living Counseling Services
    4010 Oferral St Ste 110, Hattiesburg, MS 39402
    (866) 970-3331
    Laurel Children's Center
    1721 W 10th St, Laurel, MS 39440
    (601) 425-9322
    Darlene's Place
    Hattiesburg, MS 39407
    (205) 612-9470
    Ellen M Sundberg Ph.D. Psychologist
    312 S 25th Ave, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
    (601) 296-1295
    Hope Center The
    206 S 28th Ave, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
    (601) 264-0890
    Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources
    103 S 19th Ave, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
    (601) 544-4641
    Columbia Psychological Services PA
    610 Adeline St Ste 1a, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
    (601) 583-0333
    Beverly Sandifer Smallwood Ph.D.
    206 S 28th Ave, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
    (601) 264-0890
    Columbia Psychological Services PA
    606 Adeline St Ste 1b, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
    (601) 583-0333
    Andrew L Dickson Ph.D.
    415 S 28th Ave, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
    (601) 268-5620
    Pine Belt Mental Health
    103 S 19th Ave, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
    (601) 544-4641
    Sassafras Hill Counseling Center Inc
    4824 Old Highway 11, Purvis, MS 39475
    (601) 264-9515

    Psychologists help people work through issues, ranging from depression and anxiety to family and romantic relationship problems. Psychologists, who are professionals licensed by the state, can counsel patients assigned to them within a hospital or medical clinic, school, or referred via a private practice. Confidentiality is at the heart of any psychologist’s or therapist's practice. Anything they discuss with a patient is confidential and cannot be discussed with any other party. Schools, especially at the high school level, often employ at least one psychologist on staff to handle student disagreements, behavioral issues, and home issues affecting a child’s school life. Within a nurturing, understanding environment, psychologists offer advice and support, plus evaluations and case management. Although therapists can’t prescribe medication like psychiatrists are qualified to do, they can recommend treatment for anxiety, metal, social development, and cognitive disorders. With schooling in psychology, these counselors play an important role in the well being of a variety of patients, either within a clinical, or office, setting. They can refer patients to psychiatrists, who may have more specialized expertise in various aspects of this brand of mental health science. Psychologists may focus on specialties in various areas, such as forensic, psychotherapy, biological, couples, or sports psychology. Sports psychology involves the study of factors affecting sports performance and participation, offering insight into mental health factors relating to team performance and physical activity. Generally, psychologists use a variety of techniques to provide assistance with anything from anger management to general mental health issues. Patients get referred to psychologists after a stay in the hospital, as part of a mental health clinic visit, or through primary care doctor recommendations.
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