Why do I need a psychologist?
In three simple words: to feel better. To feel better in a difficult or prolonged situation and which you don't know how to change. In certain moments in life, we have to face peculiarly complex situations, and it is quite normal to ask for help to the people whom we most trust, so that they help us overcome such situations. Anyway, this is often not enough, either because we may feel uncomfortable by asking for help, or because we do not want to "disturb" them.
An objective and comprehensive perspective of the situation may allow us to see it differently, thus generating alternatives which would otherwise not be considered. A psychologist is a professional who offers patients a tangible opportunity for a change towards well-being and improvement.
What is a psychological therapy and what does it consist in?
Psychological therapy is a personal change process carried out with the help of one or more professionals with the aim of alleviating a psychological or psychosomatic disorder.
When someone begins a therapy, they begin to develop new skills that will allow them achieve the desired change and a gradual recovery. It is not easy, but neither is it impossible. The effectiveness of psychological therapy is scientifically proven and is taken into high consideration, especially as far as health science is concerned.
It is a step-by-step process during which the patient and the psychologist agree on how to achieve the necessary change. It is a sort of agreement where patients declare their will to change on the one hand, and the psychologist engages to help them achieve the desired change, on the other. Although the effort needed may be considerable, the patient will find it worth as soon as improvement begins.
Generally, therapy sessions are weekly and usually last 50 minutes on average, if the therapy is individual. As for couple and family therapies, each session lasts approximately 1 hour or 1.5 hour.
How long does a therapy last?
Psychological therapy should last the least possible but as long as necessary. Each person needs a different rhythm and a different timing, which is an important aspect to keep in mind. Anyway, the effectiveness of a therapy is usually noticed after the tenth session. As soon as some new improvement is perceived, sessions are scheduled less frequently, until the therapy ends and the follow-up protocol begins. This implies a follow-up of some monthly sessions, which are also made less frequent over time, until the person, couple or family manages to keep stable without any help.
Is it possible to combine a psychological therapy with a psychiatric therapy?
Yes, absolutely. It is proven that in the case of certain disorders, such as depression or anxiety, this combination should be recommended in order to achieve better results over time. When a disorder gets chronic and therefore very serious, our body is also affected, since, as we all know, body and mind are interconnected. After suffering from a disorder for a long time, the body also begins to show typical distress symptoms, such as excessive tiredness, recurrent negative thoughts, nervous tics, drowsiness and irritability, among others. If the symptoms can no longer be controlled, they might be warnings alerting us that we might need psychiatric help. Psychologists are not doctors; therefore this complementary treatment is very effective. The referral may be gotten either by the psychologist to the psychiatrist or vice versa after a preliminary assessment.