Arkansas Psychologists Provide a Range of Expertise
The Second in a Three-part Series on Arkansas Psychologists
Psychologists are mental health providers with doctoral degrees (either a PhD, PsyD or EdD) who have received one of the highest levels of education of all health care professionals, spending an average of seven years in education and training after they receive their undergraduate degrees. Clinical psychologists are also required to become licensed by their state, complete a number of continuing education classes to ensure that their skills are always relevant to their practice, and maintain ethical standards of practice and conduct.
The field of psychology is quite large with more than 160 000 psychologists in the nation with about 85 000 licensed to practice. Here in Arkansas, we have almost 600 psychologists located all over our state, from Fayetteville to El Dorado and Jonesboro to Monticello and everywhere in between. Our psychologists are also diverse in terms of their own background, representing a number of racial, ethnic, religious, economic, sexual orientation, and age groups.
Psychology as a field includes a number of sub-specialties with the largest groups being clinical psychology, counseling psychology, health psychology, child psychology, neuropsychology, geropsychology, school psychology, forensic psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, and academic subspecialties such as social and experimental psychology.
Within these subspecialties, psychologists evaluate and treat individuals and groups ranging from young children to older adults by diagnosing and treating common mood difficulties such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other psychiatric problems. They also work in schools to help students enhance learning, provide neuropsychological services to aid in the evaluation and treatment of cognitive (thinking) problems, work with other professionals to improve communication skills, increase productivity and job satisfaction, consult with and provide expert testimony within the court system, teach in our universities, and engage in research that can help improve our well-being.
Psychological services are now covered by most insurance companies. Most insurance companies do not require a physician’s referral for treatment. Individuals can call the psychologist directly for services upon recommendation by a family physician, friend, coworker or in some cases the insurance company can provide a list of providers.
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Liv Miller, Psy.D.