Big question: Should I See A Therapist?
There is currently a unique, nationwide initiative taking place in which open-ended, free-of-charge talk therapy is being offered over the phone to combat depression, anxiety and other undiagnosed mental illnesses.
High Wycombe based company Healthy Minds gives access to primary mental health care and has seen a rapid rise in callers. But knowing whether we’re in need of therapy at all is often the first challenge.
The most common sign is feeling like you are losing control of your life, and that’s where a professional can help you take back the helm.
“The word I use is ‘stuck’”, says Dr Joel Wong, a professor of counselling psychology. “Most of my male clients come to me when they feel caught in a rut.”
If that sounds like you, then start with your GP, explaining that you want to explore your concerns with a specialist. Too many doctors instantly reach for the prescription pad (one in 11 UK adults are now thought to be on antidepressants) but combining therapy and drugs is often a more nuanced approach.
First your GP will put you in touch with a counsellor, who may then refer you to a psychologist – for diagnosing and treating illness – or a psychiatrist, who can prescribe different meds, if it’s deemed necessary.
If psychology leaves you acronym-blind and you’re concerned about selecting the wrong therapeutic discipline – CBT, NLP and so on – then relax. “Having rapport with a therapist is more important than the specific technique,” says Dr David Wexler, executive director of the Relationship Training Institute.
In short, if you feel like you want to speak to someone, that’s when you know you should. And if full-blown confessionals aren’t your style, that’s fine too: theJournal of Affective Disordersfound online therapy is as effective as face-to-face sessions. Start at thinkwell.co.uk. Good luck.
Wouldn’t it be easier just to pop a pill?
Antidepressants can be useful for many people, but they’re not Smarties. A recent study revealed 70% of people taking them didn’t meet the full criteria for clinical depression. “Pills don’t teach skills,” says Wong.
How long will it take to solve the problem?
“It’s possible we could talk through everything in one session,” says psychology professor Dr Fredric Rabinowitz. While it’s likely you’ll need a few months of weekly visits, studies show the first couple of sessions are the most impactful.
I’m still worried my issues are too trivial...
You’re not on trial here. The agenda is looser than you might expect, explains Wexler: a good therapist will allow you to speak on your own terms. Your problems are as important as anyone else’s.
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