In Australia 2016/2017, there were 34 976 psychologists to choose from if you were in need of psychological therapy, that’s 34 976 possibilities that need to be deciphered. Finding a good psychologist is similar in process of finding a good friend, it’s important to find one that fits into and understands your needs and wants. The course of finding a suitable psychologist can be long, but you can’t allow this to deter from not allowing to give your psychologist and yourself, an appropriate amount of time to see improvements. As they say, it takes time to heal and progress.
1. It’s essential to be vulnerable by your emotions, situations and circumstances
In order to receive any indication that you are improving with the work of your psychologist, you need to be an open book so that the psychologist can understand where the issue/s developed. This is harder than it sounds, but how do you expect to resolve your issues without actually discussing them? It’s like going to an optometrist wanting glasses, but not getting your eyes tested and expecting to be able to see again. If you don’t feel secure talking to your psychologist after around 4-7 sessions, it may be worth searching for another psychologist.
2. You need to be able to have trust in them
Trust comes in many different forms in regard to your psychologist, one of the most predominant is that you are confident in their own ability to be helpful towards your recovery. If you feel at any stage that your psychologist or their methods aren’t being helpful or beneficial, it’s an indication that something has to change. Whether that be a conversation with them regarding there methods or a switch of psychologists.
You also require trust concerning their obligation of not disclosing any information. Just like a general practitioner, they need to abide by the ethical code of being a psychologist, and not release details of discussions had with the patient, regardless of relation. However, a psychologist has the legal requirement to inform respective authorities, such as that of police or health services, of any illegal or harmful intentions. In this circumstance, you do in fact require the psychologist’s trust as you will have the reassurance that you are protected from yourself, along with those around you.
3. Learning something new from each session
I like to think that during psychology sessions, something that is new to me is discovered and is looked into to discover how it relates to my mental illnesses. Whether that be in theory, an exercise, my way of behaving, or all of the above, I will always come out of my consultation more in-depth and beneficial with myself.
If you are leaving your psychologist appointment without gaining or becoming familiar with some grasp of you and your condition, you won’t be able to fully comprehend why you are acting and/or feeling the way you are. The benefit of this is that you should be more lenient with any changes regarding your treatment, as you would have been informed of the situation.
Your psychologist wants you to be well and healthy mentally, you should be able to discuss any issues or problems regarding themselves and their practice in a professional and helpful manner. Doing this may resolve your concerns or to start the process of changing psychologists. Remember, you have the legal right to have a copy of your psychology records if you’re going with a new psychologist, and that it’s okay to change, you need to put your feelings before the perceived feelings of your psychologist, who would understand that sometimes clients leave.