Psychologists study human behaviour and how we think, developing an understanding of human thought, emotion and behaviour. They then apply this knowledge to help people with their mental health.
As a psychologist you will help people understand and reflect on their own emotions, thoughts and actions, helping them towards a more positive outlook on life. Psychologists work in many settings, including clinical, counselling, educational, organisational and academic.
There are many different approaches to psychotherapy, but the focus is helping people to modify their behaviours, thoughts or emotions to improve their well-being and mental health.
Counsellors usually work with clients on a one-to-one basis, meeting them in private and treating their problems in confidence, but group-based approaches where people work through their issues collectively are also common. The choice of which would be most beneficial depends on the needs of the patients.