SHOULD I SEE A
When it comes to deciding if you should seek help from a Psychologist, the decision is a personal one. Chances are you are reading this for a reason.
Unfortunately, many people suffer unnecessarily because they fail to seek professional help.
These are some of the reasons why people may avoid seeking support
'"It's a sign of weakness"
"I wouldn't even know what to talk about"
" I don't need it, I can just talk to my friends"
"What's the point in talking about it? It's not going to fix anything'
JUST LIKE PHYSICAL HEALTH
Your mental health is important when it comes to determining your quality of life.
These are some of the reasons why people may seek help
HOW CAN A PSYCHOLOGIST HELP?
Often feeling sad and struggling to find pleasure in life
Feeling a lack of self confidence and/or self esteem which then stops you from doing the things you want
Not being able to cope with everyday life and feeling overwhelmed
Finding it hard to get motivated and stay motivated
Constantly worrying and feeling stressed and anxious and this is now interfering with your enjoyment of life
You’re in a relationship that is suffering from a loss of trust, feelings of resentment, constant arguments or a lack of intimacy
Feelings that your life is ‘out-of-balance’
Not feeling like you, you just feel 'stuck'
Finding it hard being a parent and are having trouble dealing with your child or teenager’s behaviour.
Your psychologist will ask some questions about your history, circumstances, thoughts, feelings and behaviours. They might also use questionnaires to gather more information.
Together with your psychologist you will work towards an understanding of what you are going through at the moment. A treatment plan is then developed between yourself and your psychologist.
Your psychologist might use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) or other treatment styles depending on the psychologist. They also use psychological strategies such as psychoeducation, mood monitoring, mindfulness, lifestyle changes, cognitive restructuring, problem solving, exposure therapy, breathing training, meditation and relaxation strategies.
Your psychologist may also assist you to address any lifestyle factors that may increase your capacity to better manage difficulties and reduce unwanted behaviours. They may also suggest involving a supportive family member or friend to assist in the understanding of your situation and to support treatment.
As each person is different, the treatment approach also varies.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) focuses on negative and unhelpful thoughts about the self, others, and the future which may contribute to what you are going through at the moment. The goal of this type of therapy is to identify, examine, and modify these unhelpful thoughts and the behaviours that follow, and increase behaviours that might improve mood and quality of life. This includes ensuring a balance of enjoyable activities throughout each day, and a range of activities that give the individual a sense of achievement. Problem-solving, to help address possible causes of stress and lowered mood is also an important component.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) gets its name from one of its core messages: accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches your life. The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life. ACT does this by:
a) teaching you psychological skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings effectively - in such a way that they have much less impact and influence over you (these are known as mindfulness skills).
b) helping you to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you - i.e your values - then use that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate you to change your life for the better.
Motivational interviewing is a directive, client-centred counselling style for eliciting behaviour change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. Compared with nondirective counselling, it is more focused and goal-directed. The examination and resolution of ambivalence is its central purpose, and the counsellor is intentionally directive in pursuing this goal.
THE THING TO REMEMBER IS
Most problems are more common than you think...
and what if the solution was easier than you thought?