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Psychologists work with people of all ages and abilities to identify the types of supports they might need to achieve their goals and to support people to develop the skills needed to function better and to prevent ongoing problems.

Psychologists are experts in human behaviour, having studied the brain, memory, learning, human development and the processes determining how people think, feel, behave and react.

A psychologist can assess your abilities and characteristics and recommend the sort of work or home environment best suited to your needs. They may assess the type of supports you need to:

  • participate in day to day activities including study and work
  • make friends and socialise
  • live as independently as possible
  • establish and maintain a low-stress life

Psychologists make this assessment using a range of techniques which might include specialised tools, questionnaires and interviewing relevant people. When the psychologist has an idea about your strengths and the areas requiring some support, they will recommend strategies.

Psychologists may support you to develop the skills and strategies needed to live a full life such as fitting in to your workplace or building new relationships.

They can also help you to learn ways to cope in stressful situations. Psychologists are trained to treat you if you are experiencing a mental health disorder such as anxiety, depression or serious distress.

Psychologists may provide resources, information and advice to you, your family members or carers and other professionals. Psychologists will focus on you as a person and tailor supports to meet your particular needs.
Psychologists may work with you on:

  • Stress management, depression and other emotional wellbeing issues
  • Behaviour
  • Relationships and communication
  • Learning
  • Memory

Find out more about Psychologists

You can also contact the Find a Psychologist telephone referral service on: (03) 8662 3300 in Melbourne or 1800 333 497 outside of Melbourne.