When should I see a Clinical Psychologist?
Making a decision to see a Psychologist or other mental health practitioner can be a difficult one. Acknowledging that you have a problem, and arriving at the point where you are ready to talk about it, can be difficult.
Many people feel uncomfortable about the prospect of talking about things that are distressing or of a personal nature to a complete stranger. On the other hand, people often find it much easier to tell their problems to someone they do not know and who has no expectations of them. Talking to friends and loved ones can be very supportive but sometimes it is difficult for people we know well to be objective and honest because of their feelings for us and of their roles in our lives. Further, our family and friends often cannot recognize the type or seriousness of a psychological problem nor the best way to help us cope with it.
A Psychologist can help you to identify your problems and then figure out ways to best cope with them; to change contributing behaviours or habits; or to find constructive ways to deal with a situation that is beyond your control. In other words, a psychologist can help you to improve both your physical and mental well-being.