What is a psychologist?

I don't exactly know what a psychologist is, could you please explain?

What does a psychologist really do?

A psychologist is a professional who holds a graduate degree (Master's or Doctoral) in Psychology and is licensed to practice psychology by a provincial regulatory body; for example, The Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in psychology (NSBEP).  Psychologists are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat psychological problems; and we take into consideration a variety of possible contributing factors such as family history or background, learning experiences, personality, and current life stressors.  Psychologists treat problems using psycho-education, supportive counselling, and psychotherapy that provides clients with techniques and tools to facilitate change in their thoughts or beliefs, feelings and/or behaviours.  In case you are wondering, psychologists do not prescribe medication.

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We are a practice group of psychologists whose MISSION is to provide ethical, evidence-based “best” practice to help clients change, using goal-directed approaches.  The practice group holds to the VALUES inherent in the Principles of the Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists (Click to view) .  

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