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To cope with life’s ups and downs, we all have limited resources. When these are insufficient, we need a professional helping hand. Consulting a psychologist does not mean that we are crazy, ill or weak. Psychologists are equipped with tools to help find solutions to many everyday problems.
A difficult career move?
An industrial and organisational psychologist can help you weigh up the pros and cons, put your thoughts in order, and make the right choice.
Scared of not performing your best at a competition?
A sport psychologist can help you manage pressure for better results.
A child with learning difficulties?
A school psychologist can provide guidance and targeted exercises to boost motivation and concentration.
Relationship issues with your partner?
A couples therapist can help you express your feelings, re-establish communication, and get your relationship back on track.
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with cancer?
A psycho-oncologist can guide you through questions about pain and quality of life.
Dark thoughts, low energy levels and anxiety attacks?
A psychotherapist can help you work on yourself and get you back on your feet.

A multifaceted profession

After studying the foundations of psychology, psychologists can specialise in a number of fields depending on their interests or experience.

Alongside their roles providing:

  • Counselling
  • Care
  • Psychotherapy
  • Diagnoses
  • Expert assessments
  • Testing and the interpretation of results
  • Teaching an research

Psychology is the study of human behaviour

Psychology is the scientific study of how we think, feel, act, and interact with the world around us. Hundreds of research teams across the world study human behaviour and publish their studies in specialist journals. This knowledge helps to better understand individual and social issues and to promote mental health and well-being among the general public.

Psychologists respect ethical principles

Psychologists have a duty of care towards their clients. In Switzerland, only graduates with a master’s degree in psychology have the right to call themselves psychologists.
Psychologists work in accordance with recognised scientific methods and FSP members further commit to respecting ethical principles. FSP psychologists do not, for example, have the right to discriminate or exert any form of ideological or religious influence within the context of their professional activity. They must act with respect, honesty and credibility.
All psychologists are bound by the obligation of professional secrecy. Sensitive information received from clients must be handled with the utmost care.

What do I do if my psychologist behaves in an abusive manner?

The FSP aims to protect the public against the abuse of psychology. If you suspect an FSP member of inappropriate conduct, action must be taken. The mediation service is open to all and aims to resolve disputes between the complainant and the FSP psychologist.
If no solution is found, the case could be referred to the Professional Ethics Commission (PEC), which examines the claim. If it concludes there has been a breach of the code of conduct, sanctions are imposed, ranging from further training and supervision to expulsion from the FSP.
The Professional Ethics Commission may also decide to intervene of its own accord in the event of a proven case of abuse.

Adress: Ethics Commission, P.O. Box, 3001 Berne