A psychologist is someone who studies abnormal and normal mental states, behavioral, cognitive, physiological, and interpersonal functions and behavior, by observing, testing, interpreting, evaluating, and categorizing how people respond to their environment and to each other. In most cases, you only need one psychologist in UAE, unless there is a very large family or group of friends and relatives. Most of the time, however, there are several psychologists for a small community. For this reason, the career options available to psychologists are very varied.
There are several different concentrations within which a psychologist can specialize. In addition to clinical and forensic psychology, there are also social and human sciences concentrations. The highest level of specialization is a PhD in Clinical Psychology, which is an advanced doctoral degree. Some medical doctors (MDs) have their PsyD (professional degree) in Clinical Psychology. Both of these doctorate concentrations require that the psychologists take special graduate coursework and complete a minimum of three years of post-graduate residency in mental health settings.
Some of the most common psychology specialty areas are developmental psychology, counseling, organizational psychology, health psychology, neuropsychology, applied behavior analysis, workplace psychology, worry and stress management, motivation, personality theory, self-help psychology, and social phobia. Although some psychologist graduate schools will limit the number of research grants that they will fund in each of the specialty areas, there are still a number of agencies that provide funding to individual psychologists for research purposes. There are even universities that offer Master’s degrees in some of these areas. The number and types of grants and awards vary from year to year and often from field to field, so it is best to stay up-to-date on all the currently available funding for psychologists in your chosen specialty area.
Most psychologists go on to become either a psychotherapist or a clinical Psychologist. Some even become a couple therapist in Abu Dhabi. A clinical psychologist diagnoses patients and then helps them develop ways to deal with the issues that they have. They often work with other health care professionals to help them create personalized treatment plans for their clients. Clinical Psychologists often work with patients for many years, especially when the person has been diagnosed with a mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.