Psychology Month is celebrated every February to inform Canadians about how psychology helps people live happier, healthier lives. The Canadian Psychological Association envisions a society where the understanding of diverse human needs drive policies and programs for individuals and communities. This blog will highlight the role of a clinical psychologist, psychological services, and caring for your health.
Psychologists are professionals with extensive university training in the foundations of human behavior, cognitions, emotions, and relationships. Psychologists in Alberta are regulated by the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP), and must follow the Health Professions Act, a Code of Ethics, and Standards of Practice. The mandate of CAP is to serve the interests of the public and guide the profession of psychology. Clinical psychologists promote wellness primarily by assessing and treating mental health concerns in public and private counselling settings.
Psychology is for everyone. You do not need to be in crisis or have a diagnosis to talk with a professional. Psychological services are effective for relieving anxiety, depression, pain, stress, trauma, and a wide range of other concerns. They are also effective for building better habits and coping skills, improving performance and confidence, and helping people be better partners and parents. The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta seeks to promote the well-being and potential of all Albertans.
Taking care of your health can help you cope better and can also make your family and community stronger. According to the World Health Organization, health is a state of physical, mental, and social well-being. To foster good overall health, we need to consider numerous factors, including:
- nutrition and hydration
- exercise and sleep
- substance use
- mental and physical health care
- social connection and support
- home and work routine
Canadians have all been affected in different ways by Covid and the pandemic response. When stress persists beyond what you can manage, interferes with work/home/social roles, or brings up intense feelings of overwhelm or hopelessness, speaking with a mental health professional can be helpful. As a regulated health profession, services provided privately by a psychologist may be tax deductible or covered by your insurance. Reach out today if you want to know how you could benefit from speaking with a psychologist or if you have any questions regarding how we can help.