What is a psychologist?

Psychologists are experts in human behaviour. They use scientific methods to study the way that people think, feel and learn, and use evidence-based strategies and interventions to help people to overcome challenges and improve their performance.

Many psychologists work directly with those experiencing difficulties, such as mental health disorders including anxiety and depression.

They also help people to overcome a wide range of difficulties including relationship problems, eating disorders, learning problems, substance abuse, parenting issues, behaviour problems, or to manage the effects of a chronic illness. 

The complex and interconnected work that psychologists do to help people lead happier and more meaningful lives is always underpinned by research. Many thousands of Australian psychologists work in academic or research settings, adding to this evolving understanding of human behaviour, and how it might be improved for the better (Australian Psychological Society, 2017).