What is Psychology?

Psychology refers to the study and treatment of mental functions and behaviors with the intention of unlocking the secrets of the mind. Psychology can be dated back to the late 1800s where the scientific study of psychology started being done at University level. Early psychology was more about observation and study. It was only around the end of WW2 where the need for psychological treatment options became realized as many soldiers were suffering from post-traumatic stress.

While the lines between psychology and psychiatry are often blurred, the main difference is that psychologists adapt a more holistic approach and do not medicate their patients during treatment. Psychiatrists on the other hand are medical doctors and use a combination of psychotherapy and medication to treat mental dysfunction.

Just because somebody sees a psychologist does not mean that they are mad – unlike the dull Hollywood idea of mental hospitals. Psychologists assist people in figuring out why they feel the way they fell and implement strategies on a way forward. Some people suffer from depression, eating disorders or just feel overly emotional all the time. If a patient is suffering from depression, they may not always suffer from depression and should the depression reoccur a psychologist can teach ways of coping.

Nina du Plessis is a proudly South African Psychologist who consults from her private practice which is located at 874 Dragme Avenue, Struben Valley in Roodepoort. Nina focuses on educational psychology such as assisting students realize which career path to follow, and specializes in:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy
  • Sand Play Therapy
  • Neurotherapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • School-readiness assessments
  • Global psycho-educational assessments to identify the presence of possible learning and emotional problems
  • Identification of Learners with Special Educational Needs for academic concessions
  • Therapeutic assistance with difficulties in study habits, attitudes and techniques
  • Therapy for emotional and behavioural problems in children, adolescents and adults, such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, aggression, withdrawal, enuresis/encopresis, phobias, panic attacks, eating disorders, separation anxiety and school refusal, post-traumatic stress, peer relationship problems, drug/alcohol addiction etc.
  • Assessment and guidance in subject and career choices