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You might hire a psychologist to:

  • Provide psychological assessments to patients
  • Assess, diagnose, and treat patients for behavioral and psychological disorders

  • Deliver therapy appropriate to a patient’s unique mental health concerns

  • Provide crisis intervention to mental health outpatients

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Master’s degree in psychology or social work, relevant to country of employment, such as an MS or MSW in the US Patience and empathy
License for the practice of psychology
Excellent listening skills
Experience providing psychological services to adults and children on an inpatient, outpatient, or consultative basis