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AMANDA’S MENTAL HEALTH JOURNEY

With 1 in 5 Australians suffering from mental illness, it’s safe to say we all know someone who might be struggling. And yet, mental health is still an issue that isn’t talked about as often as it should be. Here at Ok To Talk, we believe we can all benefit from hearing other people’s mental health journey’s.

That’s why we’re starting a new blog series: one where we chat to people who come from different mental health backgrounds and experiences. Together, we can overcome the stigma attached to mental illness.

If you’re struggling with mental illness of any kind and are looking for professional help, Ok To Talk can help. Our free, online service helps Australians find psychologists all over the country. Start the process today by answering a few simple questions!

Amanda’s Story…

Amanda has lived with mental illness – specifically anxiety and depression – for many years. This is something she speaks about it publicly on her Instagram and YouTube. We decided to sit down and ask her a few questions about getting help, going to therapy and overcoming her struggles.

Can you tell us a bit about what mental illness(es) you’ve struggled with throughout your life?

For as long as I can remember I have been an anxious person, but I wasn’t officially ‘diagnosed’ with anxiety until I was 22. My worst anxiety was in 2016 when I developed a deep fear of death + the unknown, to the point of not being able to drive, sleep or shower alone. This slowly developed into depression which I was diagnosed with in 2017. Both my anxiety and depression have since been very present in my life, but I find come and go in waves. In late 2017, I felt more depressed than I ever had before.

How has mental illness impacted your life?

I try and see the good in my mental illness. It has taught me gratitude and how to be an open, honest communicator. In a bizarre way, I am grateful for the illness – but it has certainly had negative impacts on my life, too. It has affected my relationships – specifically, romantic ones – and I have struggled to keep a steady job due to my anxiety.

How has therapy helped you to overcome or manage your mental illness?

Therapy is one of the main things that has continued to help me on my mental health journey. I have seen a few therapists throughout different times in my life, but found an amazing one in late 2016 who I was with up until I moved interstate. My therapist did “acceptance and commitment” therapy with me which I find continues to give me a greater understanding of the illness I have and how to manage it. I feel like I have a strong relationship with my therapist which has made me a very open and honest communicator in my day-to-day life.

What was the point at which you thought you needed to get professional help?

In late 2016, I was in a romantic relationship and my anxiety got to a point where my boyfriend had to drive me everywhere and had to sleep at my house or I sleep at his. Then, I became anxious even when I was showering so he had to shower with me and/or stand in the bathroom and talk to me whilst I showered. Around the same time, my anxiety started to impact my work and I decided it was time to get professional help.

What advice would you give anyone who might be struggling with mental illness and considering getting help?

My best advice is to always try different therapists if you don’t feel comfortable with the one you are seeing. I have seen many, many therapists in my life but have only really connected and felt comfortable with one – and she was able to help me the most. I believe that therapy is an amazing help with mental illness and also a great motivator for change, it’s all about finding the right one.

If you’re dealing with your own mental health journey, you don’t need to do it alone. Click here to use our free service to find a psychologist suited to your needs anywhere in Australia.

A Guide to Mental Health for Mums and Dads

We’re not going to sugar-coat it – being a parent can be tough. Whether you’ve just had your first child or are the loving parent of many kids, it’s not uncommon for your mental health to take a hit. Many mums and dads will tell you that feeling overwhelmed, stressed and sad is actually kind of normal! So, how do you know if you’re just having a few bad days or if it’s something more? And what do you do if you are suffering from mental health issues?

Here’s what you need to know about dealing with mental illness as a mum or dad…

Are they bad days or something more?

Everyone has bad days. Days when we’re feeling low, angry, anxious, stressed or sad. Sometimes these feelings are influenced by a certain event or experience, and sometimes they don’t have any obvious reason at all. Having a bad day every so often is normal. But if they are a regular occurrence and something you don’t feel you have control of, it might point to a more serious issue.

If you think you are suffering from a mental illness – or even if you’re unsure – it’s important to reach out for help. It’s very common for parents to grapple with whether or not they will benefit from professional help or not. If this is the situation you’re finding yourself in, it’s best to pay a visit to your GP. They will be able to do a quick and easy assessment of how you’re doing and let you know whether therapy is something that can help. More often than not, people who have a feeling they could benefit from professional help are correct!

While seeing your GP is the best and quickest way to address your mental health concerns, we understand that some people might be hesitant. If this is the case for you, it can be a good idea to keep a mood diary for a few weeks. This means writing down how you’re feeling each day. You can do this simply by writing down words to describe your emotions that day, such as anxious, sad or stressed.

At the end of one or two weeks, take a look back at the diary and ask yourself, “do I want my mood to look like this in the future, or do I want it to change?”. If you do want it to change – that is, if you want to feel happier – it’s a good idea to seek help from a good psychologist.

Finding effective treatment without breaking the bank

For many parents, adding another expense onto their list of things to pay for isn’t an option. But that’s okay, because seeing a psychologist doesn’t have to be expensive. With a Mental Health Treatment Plan, you can get a rebate on up to 10 therapy sessions. To do this, you just have to visit your GP and explain a bit about your mental health struggles. You can then tell them you would like to see a psychologist to work through these issues.

For most people, a Mental Health Treatment Plan makes the cost of therapy far more affordable. And here at Ok To Talk, we make sure to match you with a psychologist who suits your budget – whatever that might be. We can help find a psychologist who is willing to work for discounted rates or completely free, if this is what your financial situation requires.

Get started today by answering a few simple questions about who you are and what you’re looking for.

Dealing with the stigma 

Unfortunately, parents often feel shame or guilt for their mental health problems. Maybe you feel like you are failing as a parent. Perhaps you feel pressure to act

like you have everything under control at all times. Or you might feel guilty for being sad when you have a beautiful new baby in your life.

Whatever it is, it’s important to understand that you are worthy of help. For those who need it, therapy can be an act of self-love. It’s saying to yourself, “I deserve to be happy, so I will prioritise this time to work on my happiness.” Just as you would encourage your partner, friends, family or even your children to seek mental health help if they needed it, you should seek help if you aren’t feeling as balanced as you want or deserve to be.

Speak to someone you trust, whether it’s a friend, colleague, partner or family member. Reaching out can do wonders to relieve all the emotions we have bottled up inside, so be sure to try it out!

How to care for your mental health… while caring for a child

If you have young children, you might not have much time to yourself. But it’s important to recognise which activities make you feel at ease and improve your mental state. This can differ from person to person. But for parents, it might be best to think of things to do that fit with your already established schedule. Some suggestions are:

  • Reading a book before bed.
  • Watching an episode of your favourite TV show while the kids are napping.
  • Taking the stroller and going for a short walk around the block every day.
  • Taking the time to cook yourself a nutritional breakfast you enjoy.
  • Joining a parents group.
  • Organising for someone to babysit for one afternoon every week so you can have some ‘me’ time.

All too often, parents are so focussed on their children that they forget to take car of themselves. Making it a habit to take some time to yourself can really do wonders for your mental health. Even just a few minutes every day can make all the difference!

Find a psychologist using our free service

Whether you’re a parent or not, mental illness is something no one deserves to live with. If you’re in need of professional help, use our free service to find a psychologist suited to your budget and location.

What Can Employers Do to Improve Mental Health in the Workplace?

A new report estimates that approximately a third of Australian employees are living with a mental illness of some kind. On top of this, it’s also reported that almost half of people feel uncomfortable sharing their struggles with management.

With the numbers so high, it’s important that workplaces make efforts to care for the wellbeing of staff. This means creating a safe, open environment in which people feel comfortable sharing their mental health concerns. Here are our top tips for doing just this…

Remember, if you or someone you know is living with a mental illness, our FREE psychologist matching service can find you the help you need. Click here to get started!

Educate yourself on the symptoms and impacts of mental illness

To support people with mental illness, it only makes sense that you must first understand mental illness itself. This includes knowing what can cause it and what its symptoms are. This is why – as an employer – it’s important to take the time to educate yourself.

There are a number of ways you can do this; reading articles from trusted mental health organisations online, speaking with organisational mental health professionals or even doing a ‘mental health first aid’ course. This will help you become a more supportive employer and allow you to better understand what your staff may be dealing with on a personal level.

Encourage people to open up about their mental health

There is a huge stigma behind mental illness in the workplace. This is usually because employees are often worried about how their job may be affected if they wereto speak to someone about how they’re feeling. Feelings of shame and embarrassment can influence people to keep their feelings under wraps. Unfortunately, this often only makes things worse.

A mentally healthy workplace encourages their staff to speak about their feelings. It may be a situational issue ,such as, ‘I’m stressed about this meeting’. Or perhaps it’s part of a much bigger problem like depression or anxiety. Either way, being aware of how your team is doing allows you to provide them with the right support.

Building trust between you and your team is essential to making them feel comfortable talking to you. Developing professional relationships where empathy, compassion and a genuine care for the wellbeing of others is absolutely necessary when it comes to creating a mentally healthy workplace.

Offer the right support

It’s important to encourage anyone living with mental illness to get the professional help they need. While you can provide a listening ear, it’s important that they get the help of a trained mental health professional to overcome what they’re dealing with when they are ready to do so.

A good way to approach this subject is by simply asking, “do you think talking to a professional could help?” It’s normal for some people may be hesitant or nervous about the idea. In this case, be sure to remind them that therapy is a great way to overcome mental illness. Helping them find a psychologist who suits their needs can make them feel more positive about the process of getting help. Allowing your employees to take ‘mental health sick days’ by getting a doctors certificate is also a great initiative. This will allow them to practice some self-care during those times when they are struggling – without fearing any repercussions.

At the end of the day, however, different people choose to seek help at different times. So, if one of your employees is very hesitant to the idea of professional help, it’s best to not force the situation.

Check in with your team

Encouraging staff to open up is important, but it’s also necessary to be proactive about checking in with them. If you’ve noticed that one of your employees has seemed down, quiet or simply ‘not themselves’, have a quick chat with them about how they’re feeling.

This can be a great way to gauge whether something is wrong. From here, you can hopefully discuss with them what can be done to improve their situation. It might be something personal and completely unrelated to work. Or perhaps it’s the stress of a big project or a disagreement with a colleague that has got them down. Whatever it is, if you take the time to ask them about it, you can offer them the right support sooner rather than later. 

Create a positive and encouraging workplace culture

No one wants to work in a negative, highly stressful, unhappy environment. After all, we spend so much of our time in the workplace. It only makes sense that how we feel when we’re there can impact our personal life, too.

A mentally healthy workplace culture is one that people feel good about working in. It’s made up of team members who genuinely respect and care for one another, offers support where it is needed and encourages personal and professional growth. While everyone is there to do their job, remember that staff wellbeing is an incredibly important part of any workplace.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, Ok To Talk is here for you. Our free, easy-to-use online service helps you find a suitable psychologist for your location, budget and needs. Get started today to see why people all over Australia use our service to start feeling better.

Simple Ways to Help on World Mental Health Day

If you live in Australia, you most likely know someone who has a mental illness. Perhaps it’s your mum, your brother, your best friend or maybe even yourself. This is because 1 in 5 people throughout the country suffer from mental health problems. And of the estimated 4 million people affected, few reach out for help. This is largely due to the stigma attached to mental illness, which often makes people feel ashamed or embarrassed to admit they’re suffering.

world mental health day

So how can we turn these statistics around?

Here at Ok To Talk, we are passionate about helping Australians find a psychologist who works for them. Our free service has helped thousands of people, but we know there is still a long way to go. That’s why, on October 10, we’re asking you to join us in shedding some light on the issue of mental illness for World Mental Health Day. There are many small but important ways you can play a role in ending this harmful stigma. This could be…

  • Starting a conversation about mental health with your friends or family.
  • Making a social media post about World Mental Health Day (you can even use the one we made)
  • Sharing your own personal experience with mental illness. This could be online or with someone you trust.
  • Asking someone who you may think is struggling whether they want to talk about their mental health.

In order to improve the mental health and happiness of Australians, we must begin by talking about it – really talking about it. Only then will we be able to help other live the happy, healthy lives they deserve.

Find out more about our free psychologist matching service today.

Read some of our previous blogs to learn more about mental health:

– 4 Signs That You Might Need a Psychologist

– 4 Common Reasons You Don’t Want to See a Psych

Giving Advice: What You Should and Shouldn’t Do

How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal

Motivating Mental Health Wallpapers For Your Phone

When you’re struggling with your mental health, it can be hard to keep a positive mindset – especially on your worst days. To help you along your journey, we’ve come up with 5 motivating phone wallpapers that you can use to remind yourself of just how important, loved and capable of healing you are.

Take a look at the designs below and click on your favourite to download!

    

If you’re struggling with mental illness, Ok To Talk can match you with the right psychologist for your needs. It’s fast and gets you on the right track to achieving your mental health goals. Click here to start the process today!

While you’re here, why not take a look at a few of our previous blogs?

Giving Advice: What You Should and Shouldn’t Do

How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal

What To Do Between Sessions With Your Psychologist

4 Common Mental Health Disorders Explained

Giving Advice: What You Should and Shouldn’t Do

When someone we love is going through a tough time, we often try to solve their problem by giving advice. This makes sense, right? After all, we don’t want our friends or family to feel upset, so why wouldn’t we try to fix it?

While this is a common attitude, it’s not always the most effective way to help someone. Listening is often a much better option, so make sure you read our blog on how to be the best listener possible. Even mental health professionals almost always refrain from giving advice because people have the power to make their own choices. You might think you’re helping, but solving someone’s problems for them isn’t very empowering. If you help them understand how best to work through a problem on their own though, this knowledge will benefit them in the future.

Of course, there are times when giving advice might be necessary to help someone through a tough time. When you do this, it’s best to take a measured approach and ensure that what you suggest is genuinely helpful. Take a look at the following instructions to make sure you’re giving the right advice in the right situations…

Ask the right questions

We mentioned that giving advice isn’t an empowering option for someone going through a tough time. Instead, a good way to help someone come to a solution without giving it to them is by asking questions.

Let’s say someone is deciding whether or not to quit their job. Instead of telling them what you think they should do, ask them questions which might help them reach their own decision. This could be things like…

  • What are the pros and cons of quitting your job?
  • Which is outweighing the other?
  • Why might it be challenging?
  • How would you overcome those challenges?
  • Do you think it would be a good idea? Why/why not?

By asking the right questions, your loved one will be positioned to think critically about their problem and how to solve it. This is not only great for the issue they’re currently facing, but can teach them how to problem-solve in the future as well.

Think before you speak

Giving advice should never be taken lightly. It’s important to understand that if someone follows what you say, it could have serious consequences for them. Even if you have spent a while trying to understand the problem, the reality is that you don’t know every detail of the situation.

If you are going to give suggestions, make sure that it won’t put them at any risk of harm. For example, telling someone that they should move down to part time work to improve their mental health could be dangerous. What if they can’t afford to? What if going to work each morning is actually helping their mental health rather than hindering it? If you do give advice, you should also tell the person that you want them to think it through to ensure it’s right for them.

Ultimately, you should refrain from talking in absolutes or acting as though your solution is the only option. After all, you are not in their shoes and there might be some things you haven’t considered. This is why asking questions and encouraging them to come to their own conclusion is often best.

Don’t go out of your depth

Giving advice for the sake of it isn’t beneficial to the person you’re trying to help. If you find that you don’t know how to help them, it’s best to just listen to them and make sure they feel heard. You should then aim to connect them with a professional so they can begin working through their problems.

Ok To Talk offers a simple way to do this with our free psychologist matching service. You can get started today by filling out a few simple questions.

 

How to Be a Good Listener

Listening is something we do every day. For most of us, it feels as though it comes quite naturally. But have you ever thought about how you’re listening, or whether you’re actually being a good listener?

When someone comes to you wanting to talk about how they’re feeling, it’s important to get it right. The goal of listening isn’t to fix someone’s problems, but to make them feel heard and understood. While family and friends may naturally give advice to one another, it is often important to allow someone the time to simply express their feelings.

Luckily, offering a listening ear that people can rely on is easy. You just need to be aware of a few simple things…

To be a good listener, you should…

  1. Use inviting body language in order to show that you’re invested in the conversation. This can include making eye-contact, leaning in slightly to demonstrate you’re listening, nodding your head or smiling.
  2. Make them feel comfortable by matching their tone and pace throughout the conversation. For example, if they’re speaking in brief sentences, don’t launch into long-winded responses. The same goes if their tone is quite down or flat. While it might be tempting to act upbeat and positive in order to cheer them up, it can instead come across as you downplaying how they’re feeling.
  3. When you’re listening, the most important thing you need to be doing is understanding what they’re saying. You should always acknowledge what they’re telling you and seeking to clarify if you aren’t sure what they mean. You can do this by…
    • Using positive verbal gestures, such as saying “right”, “I understand” or “yes, that makes sense.”
    • Once they have finished explaining something, you should repeat what they’ve said back to them in your own words and ask if you’ve got it right.
    • If you haven’t understood correctly, ask them which parts you have gotten wrong. Then repeat your understanding back again, as you did before. Do this until you have the full picture.

What not to do…

  1. Don’t compare what your loved one is going through to your own experiences. While you might want to do this to show your understanding, it brings the focus onto yourself when it should be on them.
  2. Don’t give them advice or offer solutions for their problems. Remember that listening is the most important thing to do at this stage.
  3. Don’t prepare responses while they are talking. You should be completely focused on listening to them. If you aren’t, this often comes across in your face or body language (even when you think it isn’t!)
  4. Don’t judge the person or what they’re going through. Regardless of what you might think of the situation, their experiences and feelings are real. In these situations, having someone to talk to could make them feel a lot better.

Hold up… I can’t give advice? I want to help!

As we mentioned earlier, there are definitely times when giving advice might be helpful for some people. However, you shouldn’t go into a conversation with someone with the sole purpose of solving their problems. When it comes to giving advice, you should follow a few core instructions to ensure you’re helping in the right way. You should always try to connect them with a mental health professional who can guide them towards health and happiness. This will ensure they get the best treatment for their needs.

At Ok To Talk, we match people all over Australia with a psychologist who is right for them. Get started today!

How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal

Suicide. It’s a topic that many people shy away from talking about. But with eight people on average killing themselves every day in Australia – and many more attempting to do so – it’s a conversation we need to be having. It’s important to know how to identify suicidal tendencies and how to respond to them. Read our blog on recognising the symptoms, and follow these simple steps to support someone who might be contemplating killing themselves…

Share your concerns and ask how they’re feeling

The first step to supporting someone who might be suicidal is bringing up your concerns with them. Tell them what behaviours in particular have you worried, as this will give you both an opportunity to discuss how they’re struggling. For example, you might want to say “I’ve noticed you’ve been distant lately. You seem sad and withdrawn. Are you depressed?”

Once the discussion has opened up, you should directly ask them “are you thinking about killing yourself?” While talking about suicide can be uncomfortable, being direct ensures there is no room for miscommunication. If you ask a vague question, you might get an equally vague response – and when someone may be contemplating suicide, this isn’t a risk you want to take.

If they tell you that they are or have thought about suicide in the past, it can be helpful to assist them in filling out a Crisis Plan. This plan will allow them to write down important information and positive reminders that they can then look back on if they are ever considering killing themselves again. Tell them that their safety is important to you and creating a Crisis Plan will provide an extra piece of support.

Click here to download Ok To Talk’s Crisis Plan.

Listen to what they have to say 

The next step is to give them the space to talk openly about how they’re feeling. Tell them that you’re listening and that you want to know what they’re struggling with. Be careful not to offer advice or ‘solutions’ to the problems they’re facing. This is important as many people who are struggling with their mental health or feeling suicidal often need someone who simply wants to listen. In this situation, a listening ear is the best way to lend your support.

Guide them towards help

When someone is thinking about or planning suicide, it’s important that they get professional help. While offering your support is helpful, a psychologist will be able to teach them effective ways to deal with their mental health problems.

You can start this conversation by asking them whether they have considered seeing a psychologist. If they have, tell them that Ok To Talk can match them with someone suited to their needs. Some people may not be ready or willing to get professional help. Regardless, you should try to pass on the details of support services.

Here are some helpful resources and the situations in which they should be contacted:

000:                      When someone has tried or is about to try to commit suicide.

SuicideLine:     When someone is thinking about killing themselves but don’t have the plans or the means to right now.

Lifeline:              When someone isn’t coping and really needs someone to talk to.

How to Tell If Someone Might Be Considering Suicide

With suicide affecting millions of Australians every year, it’s important to know how to recognise the warning signs in the people around you.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal tendencies, don’t hesitate to call 000. If you’re concerned about a loved one but aren’t sure whether they’re at risk of suicide, it’s always best to ask them. You can take a look at our previous blog to see how you can talk to them and ensure their safety.

As with any illness though, there are usually warning signs when it comes to suicide. Let’s take a look at a few of them…

Common signs to look out for

Verbal signs: This can include directly talking about suicide or death, such as “I don’t want to live anymore.” It can also manifest in more indirect verbal expressions, such as suggesting that things will never get better or that their situation is hopeless. Language is powerful and can indicate hidden thoughts or feelings, even if the intent is never expressed openly.

Physical signs: Severe mental health problems don’t just concern the mind – they can affect one’s physical health too. This can become evident in ways such as:

  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Lowered sex drive
  • Ignoring personal hygiene
  • A change in sleeping patterns
  • Loss of energy

Behavioural signs: When someone is really struggling, they can begin to act in ways that seem out of character. This can present itself in:

  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Withdrawing from social activities they once enjoyed
  • Self-harming
  • Emotional outbursts of sadness, anger or guilt

While every person is different, these are all indications that someone isn’t coping with their mental illness. Ultimately, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. So, follow your instincts and if you think someone needs professional support, speak up.

What to do if you think someone is suicidal

In matters of suicide, it’s necessary to err on the side of caution. If you’re worried that someone has or is planning to kill themselves but aren’t 100% certain, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Call 000 and organise for the necessary authorities to conduct a welfare check on the person to ensure they are safe.

If you don’t believe someone is in immediate danger, talk to them about getting professional help. Let them know that they aren’t alone, and a future where they are happy and safe from harmful thoughts is possible.

Ok To Talk can match them with a psychologist suited to their needs. Better help is within reach, so start the process today.

What to Do When Your Psychologist Sucks

Deciding to see a psychologist is a great first step towards overcoming your mental health problems. But it’s important that you find someone who suits your needs and makes you feel comfortable.

So, what do you do if one day you realise that your psych kind of sucks?

While this situation can be frustrating, you shouldn’t give up hope or stop trying to get help. Here’s what you should do when you’re not getting what you want from therapy…

Figuring out if your therapy is effective 

You might be wondering how you can tell whether or not your therapy is working for you. Research has shown that effective therapy usually pans out in the following way:

The first one or two sessions can feel shaky. This is normal as you’re getting a feel for your psychologist and the treatment they’re providing.

By the third session, you should feel positive about the relationship you have with your psychologist. This is referred to as the ‘therapeutic alliance’ and it is one of the most important factors in effective therapy. If you’re finding it hard to gel with them at this point, they might not be right for you.

By the sixth session, you should be seeing real progress in your sessions. At this stage, you’ll be moving towards your goals and feeling a noticeable difference.

Research has indicated that therapy does not usually turn a corner and become more effective after the sixth session. If you’re still feeling unsure by this point, talking to your therapist about your concerns or finding a new one is a good idea. 

Revisiting your goals and expectations

By this stage, you’ve probably figured out that your therapy isn’t working. A good next step to take is ensuring that you’re on the same page as your psychologist. You can do this by going back over the expectations you set when you first began therapy. By doing this, you can figure out whether you or your psychologist need to be doing something differently. If your goals and expectations are still the same but you don’t feel that they’re being met, it’s a good idea to discuss this with your psychologist. With their help, you might be able to figure out why your therapy hasn’t been going as planned. This will allow you to either approach things differently with your current psychologist, or begin the process of finding another one if need be.

If you haven’t set expectations with your psychologist, it’s never too late to do so. Telling them what you want from your sessions will allow them to better understand how to help you. You can also use your Ok To Talk profile to set and keep track of your mental health goals and let your psychologist know what type of therapy style you’d prefer. If you haven’t made a profile yet, sign up today.

Reassess how you’re feeling

It takes more than showing up to therapy to overcome your mental health problems. Sometimes we unknowingly stop ourselves from making the most of our sessions because we don’t feel ready to get help. If you think this might be the problem, try talking about it with your psychologist. Working through this barrier can help you to open up to the possibility of getting better.

Another thing to think about is whether your expectations are realistic. If you have an underlying belief that your problems will be ‘solved’ after just a few sessions, you will be disappointed. Therapy takes time and ongoing commitment and psychologists can only work with what you give them. Once again, communication is key. So, if you’re wondering whether an expectation of yours is valid, raise it in a session and discuss it together.

Finding a new psychologist

After all is said and done, sometimes your therapist just isn’t right for you. If you’re sure that you need something different from your psych, it’s time to move on. A good psychologist will be aware that it isn’t working and will actively manage moving you on to someone who is a better fit. However, if they haven’t done this, you should begin the process yourself.

Ok To Talk makes this process easy. Our matching service helps to connect you with a psychologist who is right for your needs. If you’ve had a less than helpful experience previously, all you need to do is tell us two things; that you are looking for a new psychologist and why your previous one didn’t work for you.

Once we’ve matched you with someone, we measure the effectiveness of your sessions. Our goal is to ensure you’re always getting the best help for your needs. This gives you peace of mind knowing that you’re on the path to overcoming your mental health problems.

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