Psychologists are experts in human behaviour. They have studied human development, memory, learning and the brain at university.
Psychologists apply their expertise in a caring and compassionate manner using reliable scientifically supported methods. Psychologists assist people with everyday problems such as stress and relationship difficulties, and some specialise in treating people with mental illness. They help people to develop the skills needed to function better and to prevent ongoing problems. Their treatments are based on changing behaviour and emotional responses without medication. There is a considerable amount of evidence showing psychological treatments are effective. Psychologists cannot prescribe medication.
Clinical Psychologists have done additional postgraduate training in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological and mental health problems.
Both Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists must be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and are bound by a strict code of ethics and confidentiality.
Source: Australian Psychological Society http://www.psychology.org.au.