This Short Film Will Help You Understand a Psychologist’s Job

This Short Film Will Help You Understand a Psychologist’s Job
Gema Sánchez Cuevas

Written and verified by the psychologist Gema Sánchez Cuevas.

Last update: 21 December, 2022

A lot has been said over the years about the job of a psychologist, and we’ve developed many stereotypes, from the professional that is responsible for “healing the crazy” to a sort of shaman or fortune-teller. But a psychologist has nothing to do with magical gifts, three-minute analyses, or visions of the future.

Although the profession generates feelings of uncertainty, and people do not even really know what he does, a psychologist is a professional who has received university training and dedicates part of his life to the study of people’s minds, emotions, and behaviors.

To better understand what their role is, what it is that psychologists do, what their job is, and the energy that it requires, we bring you today a spectacular short film that uses a metaphor to explain the psychologist’s job.

Going to the psychologist, the first step towards initiating a change

Going to a psychologist sometimes is not an easy task, for within this action is the implication of acceptance or the idea that we have a problem or a difficulty, and for many people, this recognition is extremely difficult. However, it is the first step towards trying to change the situation we are in.

The first step does not take you where you want to go, but it takes you away from where you are.

Psychologist Listening to Woman

However, we can also go to the psychologist to try to improve ourselves or grow and not just when those storm clouds that refuse to go away have started to show up in our lives. In any case, to go to the psychologist, we have to be open to asking for help. And from there, we will be able to start working towards initiating a change any time that we commit ourselves to it.

The psychologist’s job

Going to a psychologist can create a certain fear and uncertainty in us, especially if we let ourselves be carried away by the prejudices and stereotypes that can be found in society. But as we said at the beginning, a psychologist has nothing to do with seeing a fortune-teller or a person that only treats crazy people.

A psychologist is a qualified professional, possibly with a specialization in some area, who is responsible for helping us change or make improvements in some area of our lives.

A psychologist will not give you magic formulas, nor will he make miracles happen in your life, nor will he solve your problem, but he will provide support so that you can be the one who does these things. A psychologist will help you find your resources, which most of the time can be found hidden deep within you, or maybe you have to learn them to initiate that change.

A psychologist will listen to you and maybe at some point, he will show you something that you had not realized, even if you were implicitly carrying it around inside you. Because a psychologist is attentive to what you are saying and what you are not saying, to your verbal and body language. Sometimes they translate your messages so that you can start to build a connection with yourself, because going to the psychologist is a lesson of being with oneself, the most intense and most beautiful internal job.

A psychologist works to understand what your vision of life is and to observe what aspects can be favorable for you or, to the contrary, are serving as obstacles in your path, to look for alternatives and pass them on to you so that you may internalize them for your day-to-day life.

Psychologist Working

A psychologist will help you wrap your head around and understand what is happening to you and what may be the best way to handle it. He will help you make decisions and see other possibilities that maybe never existed for you before.

A psychologist will give you tools and will help you discover them so that you can use them later when the moment demands. You will turn them into a part of your personal baggage, into your weapons for fighting and evolving.

Psychologists can have problems, too

As we can see in the short film, a psychologist will help you transform your problems, but that does not imply that he himself does not have to deal with other conflicts and challenges. Psychologists are people who also must face life and its adversities, which is why they may also need professional help. Psychologists are people and like all of us, they are vulnerable to their life’s circumstances.

Additionally, in the field of psychology, it is highly recommended that professionals have therapy hours so that they too can work out their conflicts and prevent these from interfering in the treatment of their patients. Good inner work with oneself is a necessary condition for working with others.

Finally, remember that a psychologist can be your guide on the path of life, but it is you who will have to start the change and put these strategies into action through your dedication, force, and constant effort, because you will be the builder of your own path. He will only walk with you along the way.

Below, we leave you with the short film. We hope you like it!

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.