For many people, deciding to see a psychologist is a big step. They might try to put it off for as long as possible, which sometimes leads people to struggle on with their symptoms for longer than necessary. It’s a shame, because psychologists are there to serve everybody. We help to answer your question whether you should see a psychologist.
When Should You Start Seeing a Psychologist?
Do feel like you’re just not getting things right by yourself? Then it’s a good idea to make an appointment to see a psychologist. It doesn’t matter why you’re feeling bad about yourself. It could be due to something at work, a trauma, or a sleep disorder. When in doubt, it often helps to contact a psychologist. During your first consultation, you can ask any questions you might have and explore with a psychologist whether it’s the right time to start treatment.
How Can a Psychologist Help?
A psychologist has in-depth knowledge of a variety of different symptoms and conditions. Whether that’s fear of failure and burnout, or sleep disorders and trauma. A psychologist can also help you with any challenges and questions that arise in your daily life. So, what a psychologist does depends entirely on what you want to talk about.
Difference Between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist
There’s actually a much bigger difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist than most people think. A psychologist focusses on human behavior and any underlying factors that might be involved. Examples include relationship problems and behavioral problems. A psychiatrist focuses on mental health disorders, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Unlike a psychologist, a psychiatrist can prescribe medication. This is because a psychiatrist is classed as a medical doctor.
Taking the First Step
For many people, the barrier preventing them from seeing a psychologist feels particularly high. It’s unfortunate because psychologists can help you most effectively if you discuss and address your symptoms early on. So, when in doubt, it’s always a good idea to contact a psychologist.
Do You Need a Referral Letter?
With a referral letter your are insured for the cost of treatment. Are you looking to make a claim on your insurance? If so, a referral letter is required.
We're Here to Help You
Presumably, you clicked on this page because you want to know if it’s a good idea to start seeing a psychologist. As you’ve read, even if you’re in doubt, it doesn’t hurt to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our online psychologists.
Do you have questions about treatments? Call us on +31207717996 or contact us online for personal advice and a tailor-made treatment. Or read more about how to find a psychologist that you match with.
At iPractice, we use blended care. This is a combination of online and offline therapy. You’ll have face-to-face conversations with a consulting psychologist and you’ll also have access to an online psychologist in between. This means that you can ask questions and share your thoughts whenever you want to.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and EMDR are common treatments for mental health problems.