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.
A variety of people including those working in community & health settings regularly ask me about how to access counselling supports in Ireland, often confused about options outside private practitioners. This brief article explains the three main options available to clients seeking access to talking therapies in Ireland.
Talk Therapy Dublin is happy to provide free information & advice for anyone curious or confused with respect the accessing the right services or supports.
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.”
Many clients present for counselling because of “stress” and its associated links to anxiety, depression and relationship problems.
November 1st was National Stress Awareness Day and this article from the BBC tries to break down simply what stress is.
Adrenaline is a hormone many people are familiar with but cortisol is often less in the public awareness.
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.