When to See a Psychologist and How to Choose the Right One
We all feel overwhelmed at one point in our lives. This feeling is normal and it can be a specific phase in your life that you can overcome. Now, what if this phase is lasting much longer than it should? What if this phase turns into a bigger problem? What if the overwhelming feelings turn into stress, anxiety, depression, or lead to other mental issues; what then? Many people turn to others for help, specifically those who are trained in the mental health field. It is normal to seek help. It is normal to need help dealing with feelings that might be out of your control. You should see a psychologist if you are struggling with mental health issues and you should choose to see one that suits your best interests.
What is a psychologist and what does he or she do?
A psychologist is an individual who has professional training in helping people cope with and overcome mental health issues. After years of schooling, a psychologist is required to take a board exam for his or her doctorate. Upon passing, they become licensed by their state and are allowed to perform therapy services. A psychologist can help an individual cope with mental stressors (i.e. depression, anxiety, phobias, ADD, OCD), they can help individuals overcome alcohol or drug addictions, they can help individuals suffering with trauma or grief, they can help manage chronic illnesses, and diagnose and treat other issues as well.
Reasons to consider seeing a psychologist:
1. If you’ve been feeling down, sad, or have had a prolonged sense of helplessness, then it would be a good time for you to see a psychologist for therapy. Constant sadness can lead to depression, which can then lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.
2. Sometimes people reach out to family and friends for help. If you’ve felt overwhelmed but haven’t been able to lift the weight off your shoulders after reaching out to family and friends, then maybe you need to see a professional who can guide you towards the path to healing. A trained, licensed professional has had years of training and practice in helping individuals overcome mental stressors.
3. If you find yourself worrying constantly and are always expecting the worst-case scenario in every situation, then it would be a good time to see someone who can ease your worries and help you live life without constantly being on edge.
4. It would be a good time to see a psychologist if your actions are starting to harm you or those around you. For instance, you may have turned to alcohol or drugs to help you feel better. Due to your mental health, you may have become aggressive or exhibited violent behavior. All of this can be avoided and dealt with if you were to release your problems to a professional.
How do I find the right psychologist?
There are a number of ways you can search for and choose the right psychologist for yourself or your family members. For starters, you can always ask your physician for a referral to a psychologist. Your physician knows you well enough to help you in the process of finding a psychologist.
Apart from asking your physician, you can also ask family and friends for a good referral. Most word-of-mouth referrals are ones you can trust in because you know whom the referral is coming from.
If you do not feel comfortable asking your physician or family and friends, then you can always use other methods like an online search. Specific websites can help you choose a good psychologist based on reviews – Yelp, Angie’s List, Google My Business, Psychology Today, and others.
What to consider when choosing a psychologist?
One very important factor in choosing a good psychologist is checking for his or her credentials, reviews, and credibility. Is this person licensed? How many years have they been practicing psychology? What area of psychology do they feel most comfortable with (i.e. treating depression, working with families, treating those who have a drug addiction). Have they worked with someone who has had your same issue? Do they accept your insurance? If you don’t have insurance, what are their prices? Do they practice near your area? If they are far, do they offer teletherapy?
Asking all the aforementioned questions can help you rule out the best psychologist for you. Apart from these questions though is another very important factor when it comes to choosing the right psychologist. Do you, personally, feel comfortable speaking with them? It is critical to have good rapport with your psychologist – after all, they will be the ones who will listen to all your problems. You need to feel comfortable to be able to let everything out, and you need to let everything out in order to get the right help.
Dr. Movsesyan Therapy Services:
If you have any questions regarding how to pick a good psychologist that will best suit your interests, feel free to contact Dr. Movsesyan. Visit his website to find out more about him and his approach to psychology. Dr. Movsesyan is a Los Angeles psychologist and focuses on all aspects of psychology, which include, but are not limited to depression, anxiety and phobias, relationship difficulties, life transitions, difficulties with self-esteem, eating issues, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, professional/career issues, college/graduate school issues, medical and health concerns, pain management, stress management, attention deficit disorder (ADD), sexual abuse, domestic violence, grief, loss, bereavement, substance addiction/drug addiction, and trauma. He offers both in person sessions and teletherapy sessions to make his clients more comfortable.
Dr. Movsesyan Therapy Services
1201 S Victory Blvd #206
Burbank, CA 91502