What is a Psychologist?
“Psychologists are experts in human behaviour, having studied the brain, memory, learning, human development and the processes determining how people think, feel, behave and react. Psychologists apply their expertise using reliable and scientifically supported methods. Psychological treatments are widely used to assist individuals and families and can also help groups and organisations.”- *Information taken from www.psychology.org.au
There are a range of different therapies a psychologist might use, and all individual psychologists work in their own unique way. As a result, it is important not only to find the right health professional for you, but to find the right therapist! If your current therapist and you are not a good fit, don’t give up and talk openly about this with them. This is nothing personal, and they may be able to link you with another therapist better suited to help you continue working on your goal of getting results!
How long does Therapy Take?
The answer to this question varies between individuals. After your first session, your psychologist can give you an idea of approximately how many sessions will be needed to greatly reduce or eliminate your symptoms. For some it may take 3 – 4 sessions, others may be 10 or more.
How much you get out of your therapy really depends on the work you put into it. While you will cover a lot of things and learn a lot of skills in therapy, a big part of getting better will depend on you using those skills between your sessions. The more you practice, the more you can expect to improve and the sooner you will see results!
What is CBT?
CBT stands for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. It is a combination of therapy that works on targeting both the way we think (Cognitive) and the way we act (behaviour).
CBT is an evidence based therapy, which means research has shown it to be very helpful in decreasing symptoms of many mental health disorders.
There are lots of different types of therapy a psychologist might use to help a person with a mental health disorder. For information about other types of therapy, visit www.beyondblue.org.au
When do I need Therapy or Help?
"There is no problem, unless there is a problem"
What is normal? What is not? When do I have a problem? It can be helpful to think about your situation like this:
‘If I am functioning at home and work, often content, able to look after myself, engage with family and friends, achieve goals AND what I am doing or how I am feeling is not causing hurt to anyone else or myself -then there is arguably no problem! However, if what I am doing or how I am feeling is causing problems or hurt to myself or others, then maybe there is something I can do to change this.’
If you have decided there is something you need or want to improve or change about your mood or behaviour, therapy can help.
For more information, visit www.psychology.org.au