09/01/2009 by adminDuring my years of practice I have heard comments like the following many times, “I can’t believe I’m here!” “I never thought I would need this sort of thing!” “I feel embarrassed to be doing this!” When someone says something like one of these comments we always spend time working through the person’s feelings and perceptions about psychotherapy.
I usually include questions and comments about medical issues and the need to seek professional services. If you had a broken leg would you get medical attention? If you had symptoms of diabetes would you go for diagnosis and then take medication if you needed it? Most of the time my client answers, “Of course I would!” So, I ask, what makes you think there can never be a need to get professional help for issues above the neck other than the services of a dentist, eye doctor, or hearing specialist? Most of the time this helps the client relax and feel less stressed about being in my office. We can then move on to what caused the person to make an appointment with me.
Additionally, most of us schedule appointments for annual medical health exams. I’ve wondered if we should start a new trend of scheduling annual mental health exams as well.