Most Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the difference between psychologist and psychiatrist?

Psychologist is a title used for people who graduate from 4-year psychology departments of universities.
Psychiatrist is the title of a physician who specializes in psychiatry after graduating from medical school.

2. What is the difference between a psychologist and a clinical psychologist?

While psychologists are people with a 4-year bachelor's degree, clinical psychologists are expert psychologists who have completed a master's degree in the clinical psychology program at universities' social sciences or health sciences institutes.

3. In what kind of situations should it be necessary to see a clinical psychologist?

Clinical psychologists can evaluate normal or abnormal developmental characteristics in the emotional, social, cognitive and behavioral areas throughout a person's life through interviews and a number of tests and scales, and when necessary,
is a person who can intervene through means such as counseling or psychotherapy. Therefore, not only in severe mental illnesses that require psychotherapy
; It can also provide guiding consultancy in areas that are part of normal life, such as an issue where the person has difficulty in deciding
or a situation in which he/she has to deal with stress.

4. What is psychotherapy? Is it different from psychological counseling?

Psychotherapy aims to make a positive and permanent change in the person's basic thoughts and behaviors in areas where he/she is in trouble, in order to solve the person's existing problems, improve mental health and maintain well-being. It is a type of psychological support. Psychological counseling is a guiding service focused on solutions to problems. It does not aim at the change of the person, it provides guidance on the solution of the problem.

5. Who can perform psychotherapy?

Clinical psychologists are authorized to perform psychotherapy. However, some institutions also provide some therapy training to other professional groups that are not clinical psychologists. These people may declare that they can perform psychotherapy
based on the training they have received. In such cases, it is important to investigate the people to whom the clients go for therapy, in which fields, from which institutions, what kind of training they have received and how scientific they are.

6. When does a person need psychotherapy?

If a person is reluctant and avoidant in fulfilling his responsibilities, if he repeatedly experiences some problems that he cannot understand in his interpersonal relationships, if he makes difficult decisions and is not satisfied with his decisions, if he is generally pessimistic, unhappy and reluctant. If he/she is stuck in some thoughts that he/she cannot stop, if he/she has meaningless fears or worries but cannot stop them, and if he/she has problems in carrying out his/her daily activities because of all these, he/she may need psychotherapy. Because such situations
are signs of mental disorders. And a permanent recovery
in mental disorders is almost impossible without expert support.

7. In which disorders is psychotherapy effective?

Psychotherapy includes a number of ways and methods that are effective in many mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, panic, phobic situations, post-traumatic stress disorder. For an effective psychotherapy treatment, it is necessary to choose the psychotherapy method that best suits the person's complaints.

8. Which age groups are suitable for psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is suitable for all age groups. The type of psychotherapy applied may vary depending on age.

9. Are there different types of psychotherapy?

Yes, there are various psychotherapy methods. Such as cognitive-behavioral therapies, psychodynamic therapy, schema therapy,
play therapy. The therapist chooses the most appropriate therapy
method according to a number of criteria such as the person's age and the nature of the complaints.

10. How many sessions are required for recovery?

The length of the process varies depending on many criteria such as the severity and nature of the client's distress, the client's psychological resilience, and resistance to change. As the therapy process progresses, the client and the therapist
decide together to open session intervals or end the therapy.

11. How frequent should the sessions be?

At first, once a week is ideal; as the recovery progresses, the session frequency is reduced.

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