Can I see a Clinical psychologist even if I don’t think I have mental health difficulties?
Yes. As mentioned in other parts of this site, Clinical Psychology can help with a range of difficulties. We treat people as an individual and think about what areas they would like support with. Together we will then think about a treatment plan. I’m happy to discuss this further with you if you have concerns.
What if I don’t think it’s helpful?
People often have images of lying on a sofa and telling someone in a white coat all their problems until they say “times up”. Unfortunately there is no couch! Psychology is a collaborative process thinking about peoples histories and current situations, we will think together about a treatment plan and what it is you would like support with. You are free to stop sessions at any time, but we would encourage you to talk to your therapist if you are not finding it helpful. It may be that they have miss understood an important part of you, or an individuals anxiety is stopping them from trusting or engaging in the process.
What if I don’t like my therapist?
Psychology is a collaborative process and the therapeutic relationship is just as important as the strategies that we discuss. I would encourage people to discuss difficulties in this relationship with their therapist, it’s part of the process.
I’m worried talking will make it worse.
This is a common worry and often leads people to avoiding thoughts, feelings or even situations that might trigger discomfort. People often come to psychology because what they are currently trying isn’t working 100%. Yes it is difficult talking about your thoughts and feelings but your therapist is there to support you, you are not doing this alone, and we will always work at your pace. Whilst you might experience an increase of symptoms at the start of therapy, this is normal and you will find that they will go down, and stay down, as we continue. We will always give you skills to help manage the process as well.
Can I see a private therapist whilst seeing an NHS therapist?
Its not recommended that you have more than one piece of therapy at the same time, and at times we recommend a break from therapy before starting more. However, as there is a waiting list for some NHS support, people often see a private therapist whilst waiting. We would encourage you to discuss your plans with your therapist so they can propose an appropriate treatment plan for that time. It may also be at times that the NHS can offer you a more appropriate multi-disciplinary approach that private work cannot. Again, we would be happy to discuss this further with you so that you understand your options.