Choosing the Right Psychologist
The first step towards proper healing
Haven’t we all, at one time or the other, felt we can’t cope alone? We sometimes wish we could unload our cares and worries on someone. Talking to a friend or a family member can help to some extent. Family and friends have our best interests at heart, but they can be biased and more than often judgemental. We wish for that objective and empathetic listener who can offer advice and help clear away the cobwebs clouding our mind. This is where a psychologist comes in.
Psychologists are trained professionals who have the clinical skills to assist people in exploring life issues. They provide counselling and/or therapy. Psychologists help people to effectively develop coping mechanisms.
How to find a psychologist
In the process of choosing the right psychologist, the first person to ask is generally your family physician. He or she can suggest a good one. Or, you could contact a mental health clinic in your locality and ask for an initial consult. A psychologist with a good reputation in your social circle is another option. Naturally, when you are searching for a psychologist, you tend to ask around among your friends and colleagues. It is human nature to trust someone who comes highly recommended by those close to you.
What Dr. Melissa Harte says
In our previous blog article, we explored some questions about when to visit a psychologist. Subsequently, we interviewed Dr. Melissa Harte (Founder of the Centre, Counselling Psychologist, and Supervisor), and we got her to answer some questions, including:
– What is psychology?
– How to become a psychologist?
– What’s the difference between a psychologist, a psychiatrist, a counsellor, and a psychotherapist?
– How does the Centre help to identify which kind of practitioner will suit the client?
– Why visit a psychologist?
– How to go about choosing the right psychologist or therapist?
Of note, Dr. Harte says that it is very important to check the credentials of the practitioners and find out where they have done their training. She also suggests that you ask questions to see if you are comfortable with them, how they work, how they view mental illness, etc. She goes on to say, “Often, on the telephone, you can usually identify whether you can work with someone or not.” Therefore, it is best to speak personally to a therapist before you secure ongoing appointments with him or her. Watch the video and see for yourself what Dr. Melissa Harte has to say:
How the Centre matches you with a therapist
The Centre for Emotion Focused Practice has a dedicated team of psychologists and counsellors who offer a range of services to help you overcome difficult situations.
The Centre has a triage system by which we allocate a therapist. We have a practice manager who listens to your story as to what is happening with you. Based on this, we help you in choosing the right psychologist or therapist by suggesting a practitioner who is specialized in or has experience in the kind of issue that you are facing – and is therefore most likely to suit you the best. You can go in for an initial visit and if you are comfortable with the therapist, you can work with him or her further.