Going to therapy is an important step towards improving your mental health – there’s no doubt about that. But it’s also one that many people find difficult for a number of different reasons. That’s why we aim to make it as simple and straightforward as possible with our psychologist matching service; to ensure everyone gets the right help for their needs.
Today we’re delving into four of the most common reasons why people are hesitant about seeing a psychologist. But more importantly, why those reasons shouldn’t stop you from booking that first appointment.
You’re wondering how they could possibly help you
“How can talking to a stranger help me? If I wanted to tell someone how I feel, I’d talk to a friend!”
If you’ve thought this before, don’t worry – you’re not the only one. A lot of people are skeptical about the idea of openingthemselves up to someone they don’t know. You might even be wondering how a psychologist could provide more insight or guidance than a friend or family member. Or maybe you simply don’t understand how expressing your feelings could lead to a positive change.
While all these thoughts are quite common, therapy is statistically the most helpful form of treatment for mental health issues – even above medication. So how does it work? Well, effective therapy will provide you with tools you can use to overcome the problems you’re dealing with. Talking to a friend or a loved one about how you’re feeling is a great idea, but a psych will provide tried and tested techniques that will work best for your specific situation.
If you’ve been struggling with mental health problems, it can be easy to feel that you can’t be helped. But with the right therapist and therapy style for you, you should notice an improvement after just a few sessions.
You think you already know what they will say
What’s the point in going to therapy if you can predict what your therapist will say to you, right? After all, you know yourself and your life better than anyone. So if you’ve already identified the things that need to change in order for you to feel better, there’s no point in seeing a psych.
Not quite. If you think a therapist will tell you to do things like leave an unhealthy relationship or quit your stressful job, we’re happy to report that this won’t be the case. Therapy isn’t about being told what to do. In fact, a psychologist’s job isn’t to provide ‘advice’, but to listen to your problems and guide you towards a solution. Most people find therapy incredibly helpful because it’s a space where you can develop realistic ways to overcome the challenges you’re facing. A psychologist will choose methods that are proven to be effective and focus on both your short-term and long-term improvement. This ensures that you get the most out of your sessions for your specific needs.
You’re worried it will be too expensive
Many people tend to assume that seeing a psychologist would be far too expensive for them to even consider. Because of this, they rule out this option right from the start. However, there are many different ways to make therapy more affordable for you, no matter what your situation is.
By simply visiting your GP and getting a Mental Health Treatment Plan, you will be eligible for a rebate for up to 10 therapy sessions per year. The rebate amount is up to $124.50, which means you will only be out of pocket for the amount your psychologists charges above this. As a result, many psychologists become more affordable right from the get go.
There are also options if you don’t think you’ll be able to pay anything at all, as some psychs offer bulk billing for people experiencing financial hardship. If you find yourself in this situation, be sure to let us know as we can help you find someone who offers this option.
All in all, it’s important to know that there are multiple avenues available that make the price of therapy more affordable.
You’ve had a bad experience with one psychologist and think they’re all the same
So you’ve already gone through the process of finding a psychologist once before. You mustered up the courage to seek professional help and… well, it wasn’t very helpful at all. While this does happen from time to time, it’s usually because the psychologist isn’t well suited to the client. It’s important that you click with the professional you’re seeing so that you can get the most from your sessions. So it’s not that all psychologists are the same, in fact it’s very much the opposite! There are so many different styles of therapy that it can be difficult to find the right one for you.
Luckily, Ok To Talk can help you overcome this problem. We aim to make the process of finding a psychologist who suits your needs easy and stress-free. All you need to do is let us know a bit about you, your situation and what you’re hoping to get from therapy and then we match you with someone who will tick every box.
If you’re ready to give therapy a second chance, click here to get the process started!