6 Myths About seeing a Psychologist
Seeing a Psychologist …
If you’ve never seen a psychologist, the thought of it can be daunting. Many of us avoid it because we don’t know what to expect or how we will feel. We’ve all been there, even me. I remember seeing a psychologist for the first time many years ago and how nervous I felt. It seemed so strange sharing such personal experiences with a stranger. I expected advice about my situation and feedback that there was someone psychologically wrong with me. But my experience couldn’t have been more different.
As it turns out, finding the courage to seek help and deal with my anxiety and trauma was the most significant step I could have taken. It was a catalyst for healing and growth and one that has changed my life. It could change yours too.
If you’re thinking about seeing a psychologist but feel nervous and unsure whether it’s right for you, you’re not alone. We all go through this when our therapy journey begins. As your local Ashgrove psychologist, I’m here to bust some of the many myths and misconceptions around seeing a psychologist and help you discover whether it’s right for you.
There must be something wrong with you to see a Psychologist.
The most common misconception is that a psychologist will tell you something is wrong with you. A psychologist isn’t there to judge you or label you. They are there to listen and provide support and help you get clarity on issues you may be struggling with. Their purpose is to help you live a happier and healthier life. It’s not always helpful or relevant to provide a diagnosis, and many clients don’t meet the criteria for one
Psychologists tell you what to do.
The years of training that psychologists undertake provides us with the knowledge and skills to support clients with practical tools to boost their mental health. Advice isn’t always the solution to your problems, which is why we’re not here to make choices for you or tell you what to do but to guide and support you along your journey.
We want you (or your child) to experience the freedom that comes from knowing we see you, your strengths, and your potential. From this approach, we collaborate with you to address issues and concerns and help you build skills to thrive in all areas of life.
Every Psychologist works in the same way
As humans are all different from each other, so too are psychologists. Certain styles and personalities will suit some people more than others. At Positive Families, we have different interests, specialty areas, skill sets, and methods.
Unfortunately, some people do have a disappointing experience with a psychologist. If you don’t “click” within the first few sessions, then treatment is unlikely to be effective. So, find someone who is the right fit for you. It is also vital to consider the types of therapy they offer. Some psychologists specialise in neuropsychological assessments, emotion-focused treatment, or mindfulness-based approaches. What is essential to consider is that the most suitable strategy for someone else may not be right for you.
Talking about my emotions will make it worse
Discussing and processing our feelings helps us gain insight and clarity. As emotions decrease in intensity, we can see things from a new perspective. As difficult as talking about your emotions can be, particularly at the beginning of your therapy journey, studies show their intensity decreases when we talk through our feelings. The goal is always to help you build emotional intelligence and awareness.
Psychologists always focus on your childhood
Another common misconception is that psychologists always focus on childhood experiences. Understandably, you may feel uncomfortable discussing your childhood experiences with someone you don’t know well, especially if you had traumatic and painful experiences. Remember that an experienced psychologist will not push you to discuss experiences you don’t feel comfortable discussing.
However, psychologists generally encourage and facilitate an exploration of your past. When this occurs will depend on the psychologist’s theoretical approach and your needs and goals for therapy. If the past is holding you back or impacting you today, then talking about your childhood can be empowering and transformative.
Seeing a psychologist is no different to speaking with family or a friend
Whilst connecting and sharing your feelings with your family or friends is encouraged, there are times when you need to speak with a professional. Why? A professional, such as a psychologist doesn’t know you personally and isn’t involved in your life, therefore can provide a unique and unbiased perspective – worth its weight in gold. In addition, a psychologist has undergone extensive training which involves learning listening skills which are active, objective, free from judgement and full of empathy.
Your local Ashgrove Psychologist
Hopefully, any misconceptions you may have had around seeing a psychologist have been ‘busted,’ and you may now be considering therapy for the first time. At Positive Families, we offer a range of positive psychology services in Brisbane for children, adults, and couples.
Our unique approach means we focus on what is right with you rather than what is wrong. We want you to experience the freedom that comes from knowing we see you, your strengths, and your potential. From this approach, we collaborate with you to address issues and concerns and help you build skills to thrive in all areas of life.
If you’re ready for a new perspective, one that not only focuses on alleviating symptoms but also gives you the knowledge and tools to thrive and experience wellness, then make an appointment with one of our Brisbane Psychologists at Positive Families.
Contact us to find out more or simply book an appointment below.