Our Psychologists & Psychiatrists in North Lakes
Psychology and psychiatry are two distinctly different fields, which are often confused by the general public when seeking help for a mental issue or disorder.
Psychology is a non-medical field of practice. Psychologists can be classified as social, behavioural or cognitive scientists. They explore behaviour and the mental processes including perception, cognition, emotion, attention, intelligence and motivation and personality. Their practice extends to interactions between people. Psychologists often practice in a clinical, counseling or school setting.
Many psychologists, in addition to their private practice, perform scientific research on a wide range of subjects related to mental processes and behaviour.
Psychiatry is a branch of medicine. Psychiatrists must complete a medical degree in order to practice. The practice is devoted to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders and conditions.
Psychiatrists can presecribe medications and a combination of psychiatric medication and psychotherapy have become the norm in psychiatric treatment. Patients can be treated on a inpatient or outpatient basis, depending on the severity of their disorder.
Psychology and Psychiatry in Australia
The Australian Psychological Society represents over 23,000 psychologists across Australia. They’re an advocate for better mental healthcare and offer training progammes and workshops.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists are the main governing body of psychiatry in Australia, representing almost 3,000 psychiatrists. Their focus is on preparing medical specialists to practice in the field, leadership across the mental health sector and support and enhancement of clinical practices.
Haylea is a member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and is particularly interested in cognitive assessment, working with children who have a history of complex trauma, and providing psychoeducation about the brain and its functions and behaviours to children and families. Haylea holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science (honours) and a Masters of Professional Psychology