Should I see a psychologist?

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 and unfortunately many people suffer unnecessarily because they fail to seek professional help.


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:

Often feeling sad and struggling to find pleasure in life
Feeling a lack of self confidence and/or self esteem which then stops them from doing the things they want to do
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 enjoyment of life
Being in a relationship that is suffering from a loss of trust, feelings of resentment, constant arguments or a lack of intimacy
Feelings that life is ‘out-of-balance’
Not feeling like oneself or simply feeling ‘stuck’
Finding it hard being a parent and having trouble dealing with child or teenager’s behaviour.

 

The thing to remember is – Most problems are more common than you think and what is the solution was easier than you thought?

How can a psychologist help?

 

If you choose to see a Walk Different psychologist they will join you for a walk in one of our relaxing locations with the best office views on offer! They will most likely ask some questions about your history, circumstances, thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Together 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. Or they might 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.