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Thinking about seeing a counselling or psychologist.

Answered 2 years ago

For the past couple of years I have been thinking about going to a counsellor or a psychologist. I just want to talk to someone about how things that are happening in my life and how I am feeling. Also, maybe look at how I could boost my self esteem. However, I don’t know what I would say if they ask me what my problem is or why have I come to see them. I feel my problems are small compared to some other people and that I would be wasting the counsellors time. Also, what’s the difference between a counsellor and a psychologist, and how do I choose a good one? I can’t ask other people for recommendations, as I don’t know anyone else who goes to one.


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2 years ago
I would encourage anyone to see a counsellor or psychologist, however, I am hesitant to go to one myself.
1. I am unable to decide who to go to.
2. If I choose one, I feel like I can’t ring up to make the appointment as I would burst into tears over the phone.
3. If I did go to see someone, I would feel that what I discuss would not be kept confidential.
4. How do you bring up how you are feeling without looking like an idiot.
5. How do you start a discussion when you can’t pinpoint one particular issue you want to discuss.

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2 years ago
I’ve heard so many great outcomes with seeing a therapist, definitely should give it a go!

I really want to, I’ve shared with my partner and sisters that I want to go see one cause they couldn’t give me any advice or help me with what I’m going through.. I honestly felt attacked lol they were like “what the hell, why? No!” Um I just told you but ok 😶🙃

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2 years ago
Great idea!! Do it. Therapy is great and everyone should do it

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2 years ago
If you need to talk, say "i have all these little things going on that might seem insignificant individually but all together I'm struggling and need to talk"
They aren't meant to judge you

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2 years ago
I think everyone should check in with either at least once a year (after initial regular appointments) the problem is that both psychs and counsellors are usually funded either through private health or gov funding for 10 sessions which is based off of cognitive behavioral therapy, while it has its benefits, it doesn't really allow for in depth treatment of more significant problems. Personally I don't believe 10 sessions is near enough for most people.

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2 years ago
In my experience, you will feel comfortable talking about things no matter what they are, if you are comfortable with the person you go to see. Ive gone to both- and in my first consultation with my current psychologist we covered alot more than i did with my previous 2 i had seen for 4years

Mental health is just as important as anything and your feelings are just as important as anyone else’s

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2 years ago
If you are in Queensland (I’m not sure about other states) check that the counsellor is registered, legally anyone can be a counsellor. If you aren’t suffering with any mental health problems that might be the best way to go, if there is more underlying problems a psychologist is better. Don’t feel like you are wasting their time, everyone needs an outlet and any good psychologist or counsellor will understand that you too need someone. From there you can start looking into ways to start achieving your goals (i.e boosting your self esteem; getting more structure in your life, etc). Talk to your gp about which is your best option and which one they recommend. You might not click with your first one and that is alright, we all have different personalities and ideas and if you don’t you just try another.

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2 years ago
A psychologist has a psychology degree. A counsellor has done some counselling courses.

Do not think that because your problems aren’t as huge as other people’s then you’re wasting their time. Not at all. Life is stressful. We all deserve to be heard.

Maybe your first step should be a visit to your GP
To get a mental health care plan. A good therapist will know the right questions to ask. Good kick
OP xx

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2 years ago
*good luck not kick lol.

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2 years ago
You can do a counselling degree.

(Although personally I'm not sure why anyone would. A lot more opportunity in psychology!)