When do I know I need a Psychologist?
Clinical psychologists help people who have difficulty coping with emotional difficulties. We also help improve an individual’s quality of life.
To answer the question, we treat conditions listed below:
- Intense mood swings
- Anxiety / fear
- Strange/ unexplainable experiences i.e. ‘supernatural sights or sounds’
- Panic Attacks
- Excessive worrying
- Eating difficulties
- Sleep difficulties
- Extreme changes in personality
- Financial difficulties
- Developmental delay
- Communication difficulties
- Substance addiction
- Behavioral difficulties
- Terrible two’s
- Parental guidance/ parent-child challenges
- Relationship difficulties
- Career guidance
- Psychological reports (Forensic/ Clinical)
- And many other life challenges
What happens in Therapy?
Therapy consists of three phases:
This phase includes asking questions about your symptoms, your personal history, relationships and so forth. Some of these questions may be very personal but I will not ask you anything that is not pertinent.
As part of evaluation, I may need to do psychological testing and for that we will need additional sessions. It is also sometimes valuable to interview other people who know you to obtain information. I will only do so with your consent.
After the evaluation we will make time to discuss my findings and decide on a future plan of action. The duration of sessions is usually about 45 minutes.
Therapy usually brings improvement and personal growth in the long run. In the short-term, however, it may be an unsettling experience, as it is usually an emotional experience.
I will treat all the information I collect about you as highly confidential. I will not, disclose any information about you without your consent.
The purpose of therapy is to bring about change. As a result patients usually feel that they need to make changes in their circumstances as well.
This may induce you to bring about changes in your relationships with others and that may lead to interpersonal tension. You or others may perceive this as negative.
The success of therapy is influenced by a number of factors. One of the most important factors is the degree to which patients take responsibility to bring about change. No therapist can give a guarantee that therapy will be successful.
Either you, or myself, can terminate therapy at any stage. I will only terminate therapy in consultation with you and in a professional and accountable way.