Psychology: Types, Conditions Treated, Training & More – Verywell Health

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior, or how people think, feel, and behave. The psychology field includes different disciplines and subfields of study, including child development, workplace productivity, and rehabilitation psychology. Understanding the types of psychology can help you decide if seeing a psychologist is the next best step for you or a loved one. 

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What It Involves

Psychology has come a long way since the days of lying on the therapist’s couch. Your experience with a psychologist will depend on numerous factors, including your reason for seeing them. Regardless of the reason, though, you will most likely begin by answering some questions about your current situation. 

You may be asked about the following:

  • If you have ever seen a psychologist before
  • What brings you into the appointment (your primary concern)
  • What you think the problem is
  • What you hope to get from meeting with a psychologist
  • How you will be paying for your appointments (insurance or out of pocket)

By the end of your first appointment, you should leave with a general sense of what the psychologist recommends and whether you can work well with this psychologist. 

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