Many clients are often confused as to whether they are talking to a psychologist, counsellor or psychiatrist when reaching out for support. Training is extensive for each but also very different.
Phrases like “I need an assessment” or specific queries linked to a psychiatric diagnosis using terms like “personality disorder, psychosis or serotonin inhibitors can form part of this dialogue.
Often many of these clients just want to talk and have not given much thought to the different disciplines. This article from the Irish Times looks at the different trainings and some of the differences between a psychologist a psychotherapist & a psychiatrist.
Talk Therapy Dublin is a counselling & psychotherapy service but can provide referrals and links to allied professionals like Psychology, Mental Health OT & Psychiatry. Please make contact if we can be of any help.
Below is a recent promotional video the IACP made at a recent conference explaining to prospective clients what they might expect from their first session of counselling/psychotherapy.
“Going To Therapy For The First Time? Here’s What To Expect.
“Perhaps you’re struggling with anxiety or depression. Or maybe you’re unhappy in your job, and need some guidance in figuring out what career will really make you happy. Or, it could be that you’re having relationship difficulties or simply not feeling fulfilled but you are not entirely sure what makes you feel this way…
If any of the above situations applies to your life, counselling/ psychotherapy could be helpful. So what is stopping you?
Some clients say it was fear of the unknown keeping them from seeing a counsellor because they just didn’t know what to expect…
So what happens during the first session. Here is what some experienced therapists have to say.”
The below article by Ceire Sadlier describes her experience involving both Doctors and Counsellors as she gradually decided to come off medication for anxiety & depression.
She describes something that many clients can feel namely the pressure to “come off” medication which can be unhelpful and in some cases dangerous if not managed correctly.
The article also describes an initial negative (and expensive) experience when looking for counselling support. This is something many clients describe which underlines the need for clients to research their therapists and to look around until they find one which fits and where a therapeutic relationship can develop.
What may work for one client in terms of a therapist may not necessarily work for another. Therapists have been trained in different modalities and also often have specific specialties and post qualification training in specific areas. All questions to ask about when making contact.
A recent survey by UK mental health group MIND highlights issues for men with respect to their mental health & their place of work.
It also seems to show that women are better at taking time off and managing mental health concerns at work.
While gender may be a variable, workplace dynamics can be an area of concern for the mental health of all employees, with a variety of issues presenting serious challenges.
Counselling/Psychotherapy is one of a number of evidence based interventions that can help people with relationship issues, anxiety, depression & associated stress linked to work related concerns.
Feel free to make contact for any more information or advice.
Professor Jim Lucey and others contribute to an Irish Times article exploring the topic of modern talk therapies (and mental health) in an Irish context.
Misconceptions, confusion, difficulties with access and stigma seem to be still big issues in Ireland when examining the topic of modern Irish Psychotherapy.