Therapy isn’t a replacement for a friend or loved one. Rather it is something that may help you get your life back in order. You don’t have to be crazy to see a therapist, sometimes people need someone who is trained, open-minded and understanding to talk to once a week to help them ease things in their life that have got out of control. Of course it’s not for everyone but some of us may need it – so don’t be scared to try.
Do you think you may need it?
- Can’t seem to motivate yourself to get out of bed in the mornings.
- Life for you is not fun.
- Cry often and don’t know why you do.
- Even though you appear to be successful on the outside you don’t feel that you are.
- Are constantly in a stressed situation.
- Feel you let people down all the time, work colleagues, friends, partners and life in general.
Who are the people that can help?
You may have heard all these names, psychologist, psychiatrist, counsellor and psychoanalyst but what do they really do?
Psychologists have a university degree in mind and behaviour. They believe that people’s emotional and behavioral problems stem not from unresolved inner conflicts but from faulty things in their life that can be unlearned. For example if you suffer from depression, addictions, phobias you are taught new more positive thoughts and behaviours.
They have a medical degree and have specialised in the study of the mind. They deal with serious mental and emotional disorders like manic depression, psychosis and schizophrenia, the patient is prescribed medication by the psychiatrist. You have to get a referral from your GP, if you feel you need to see a psychiatrist. Things to consider are infrequent mood swings, insomnia, you are severely depressed and think people are always out to get you.
They are immediate helpers, who help resolve relationship problems, anxiety and depression to grief. Counselling is usually short term and can be as brief as three or four weeks. They are supportive and skilled at listening and encouraging people to talk freely. Training can range from a weekend workshop to two to three years under supervision.
Trains from five to seven years following the teachings of Sigmund Freud some are also doctors. They help to change the way someone thinks, based on overcoming repressed and unconscious childhood traumas. You lie on a couch and talk freely about anything that comes into your mind. Seeing a psychoanalyst is often long-term and is often when someone is very distressed.