No social outing with a psychologist is complete without someone joking about having their mind read or being the most complicated case ever seen! Let’s address that idea straight off the bat; telepathy doesn’t come under a psychologist’s remit! Additionally, whilst psychologists have undergone years of training, in most cases they enjoy spending time with their family and friends away from work so are unlikely to be scrutinising you or tricking you into an informal therapy session.
Psychologists and therapy can be a bit mystifying (and anxiety-provoking) for those outside the profession so we thought we’d dispel some common myths that can be a barrier for engaging in services.
#1 Needing therapy is a sign of weakness
If you had a car accident and injured your leg, would you consider it a sign of weakness to visit a doctor or a physiotherapist to help you heal? The need to treat mental health difficulties is sometimes minimised because the signs aren’t as visibly obvious as physical complaints. Acknowledging you’re struggling and asking for help takes strength and courage and is the first step to a healthier, happier life.
#2 Only people with ‘serious’ mental health disorders see psychologists
People talk to psychologists for a wide variety of reasons. It’s true that individuals with more chronic psychological conditions often seek support from psychologists but people struggling with historical or transitional events also talk to mental health professionals to help them manage their issues. Many clients that walk through PsychMed’s doors are struggling to deal with new life roles, grief, stress, trauma, or workplace or relationship problems.
#3 Psychologists will prescribe me antidepressants
In Australia, this is a hard no. Psychologists are not trained to prescribe any medication but they can help you explore whether antidepressants or other medications could help you manage your issues in the short- or long-term.
#4 Therapy will be a quick fix
Some therapeutic techniques can deliver fast results, depending on the client, their goals, and their therapist. However, in the majority of cases, successful therapy takes time and effort to help clients understand, process, and learn longer-term skills to manage their issues better.
#5 Therapy will be all about my childhood
Our past relationships and experiences often affect how we think and feel in the present. Depending on why you are seeing a psychologist, it may be important to explore your childhood to better understand your current situation. Some therapeutic approaches explore the past in more detail than others but your psychologist should discuss your needs and how best to customise sessions.
Still dubious? Our friendly team would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have, Just give us a call on 8232 2424.