Psychologist: An Introduction
This article answers some questions about visiting a psychologist. Read on to discover more!
What kind of problems do psychologists treat?
Psychologists can help with a range of different problems, such as:
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship difficulties or stress within your family
- Anxiety and/or depression
- Eating disorders
How do I know if I need to see a psychologist?
It's important to remember that everyone experiences difficult times in their lives and talking through these issues with someone can be very helpful, either on your own or with the support of loved ones. If you are experiencing emotional distress for a prolonged period, or feel overwhelmed by your problems and this is having an impact on other areas of your life (such as work), then you may wish to consider visiting a psychologist.
How do I find a psychologist?
Your GP or mental health provider can refer you to a therapist or clinical psychologist. You could also approach your local psychological society who may be able to provide you with information and/or a list of professionals working in the area.
What questions should I ask when making an appointment?
If seeing someone on an individual basis, then it is important to discuss what kind of help this person offers and which specific problem he or she specializes in. You will also want to ask about their experience and qualifications: how long has the psychologist been practicing; do they have any specialist accreditation (for example, as an eating disorder therapist); how do they work; and how long will the sessions last.
What are the different forms of psychological interventions?
There are a variety of psychological therapies available. Your psychologist may offer you one of the following treatments.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Psychodynamic counseling
- Existential therapy
- Transactional analysis
- Jungian therapy
Some therapists use a combination of approaches when treating you. It is important to discuss what approach they take in order for you to work out whether or not it will suit you.
How will I know if a psychologist is right for me?
The best way to find out is to undergo a practice session with the psychologist so you can get a feel for how they work. If there are several professionals in your area then it might be worth meeting with them all, so that you can choose someone who best suits your needs.
For more information, contact a local mental health service today.