When Should You Start Seeing a Psychologist?

Reviewed by our psychologist : Samantha Saxton

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. When is it a good idea to start seeing a psychologist? And what is involved? Read on to learn more.

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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 sleeping problem. 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.

Symptoms, Challenges, Problems and Questions

A psychologist has in-depth knowledge of a variety of different symptoms and problems. Whether that’s fear of failure and burnout, or sleep issues 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.

The 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?

Most psychologists don’t need you to present a referral letter. 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. You can do that quickly and easily by calling +3120 214 3004.

Psychologist : Samantha Saxton

“"During treatment we will figure out together how you can motivate yourself in a positive way to do things again."“

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Contact one of our psychologists today without obligation. You can talk about your feelings and symptoms and get information about a suitable treatment programme for you.