Unlocking Wellness Through Mind and Body: The Role of the Health Psychologist

Have you ever stayed up almost all night binging your favorite Netflix show, knowing you’d be paying for it in the morning? Or skipped the yoga class you promised yourself you’d attend in favor of drinks at the bar with your besties? What about sneaking that cigarette, or the college years when you lived off Diet Coke and Peanut M&M’s?  So often we know what the “healthy” choice is, and we know what would be “best” for us, but we still don’t do it. Have you ever asked yourself why?

Health psychologists help address that question by examining how biological, social, and psychological factors influence and impact health, and choices made about health.

At Simi Psychological Group in Moorpark and Thousand Oaks, our experienced psychologists are ready and waiting to help you understand how your mental and emotional health impacts your physical well-being, for better or for worse. Here are just a few of the things a health psychologist can do for you:

Health Psychologists help you manage stress.

Sometimes we all need a little help when trying to make healthier choices or adopt better habits. Health psychologists use proven techniques and interventions to guide and support you in achieving your goals. They help you identify any obstacles that may be holding you back and provide the necessary tools to make healthier lifestyle choices. 

Working with one of our Moorpark or Thousand Oaks psychologists could be just what you need to give yourself that extra boost toward success.

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➔ Health Psychologists help you manage stress.

The evidence is quite clear nowadays that stress is bad for our health. Chronic stress leads to stress hormones that wreak havoc on the body. 

Health psychologists offer support through individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy to help address the contributing factors. 

Our psychologists in Thousand Oaks and Moorpark can help you get to the root of things, while teaching healthy coping skills and stress management techniques to reduce the harmful effects of everyday life stressors, as well as the painful emotions that may overwhelm you in your darkest moments. 

Learning how to manage stress is a key factor in improving and maintaining emotional, mental, and physical health.

➔ Health Psychologists help you understand what motivates your choices and behaviors.

Change is never easy, and so often good intentions just aren’t enough. Health psychologists help you understand the things that may be getting in the way of you living your best life. 

Understanding the underlying issues–those thoughts, feelings, and life experiences– that impact your daily life can help you understand more about yourself

With understanding comes clarity, and clarity empowers you to make adjustments in your choices and behaviors. 

➔Health Psychologists help you manage chronic pain or illness.

Through their research, health psychologists understand and have access to the most effective ways to manage chronic pain, and are there to support you through the emotional toll of a chronic illness. Our psychologists in Moorpark and Thousand Oaks will walk with you on your health journey by helping you process complex, painful emotions, and teaching you a variety of techniques to help reduce or minimize somatic symptoms. 

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Health Psychologists help promote wellness and prevention.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” or so the saying goes. By taking a holistic approach to mind, body, and spirit –mental, physical, and emotional health– health psychologists help you optimize your overall well-being. 

Being proactive about your mental and emotional well-being will have a positive effect on your physical health, and allow you and your family to live life to the fullest.

In a world where the intricate dance between our physical and mental well-being is becoming increasingly evident, the work and contributions of health psychologists in improving the overall quality of life cannot be overstated. 

At Simi Psychological Group, we are here to help you live your very best life. We offer free workshops related to mental, emotional, and physical well-being, and provide in-person and online services and therapeutic support to children, teens, and adults, both individually as well as through family therapy, couples therapy, and group therapy.

Contact us today for a free consultation at (804) 842-1994.