Psychologists, When to See them, How they Work

Here’s the truth – about psychology, how it can give individuals and families the same “edge” it gives professional sports teams, and police departments. If you have ever –

• needed to shake off life draining depression and regain energy and joy de vie,

or

• needed to manage a hyperactive or disruptive child or teenager, or negotiate peace with your spouse or partner,

or

• shake off a fear that has crippled your talent and career or social life, such as a fear of speaking up at meetings, or calling on high status people, or of spiders, flying, crowded places, open spaces, elevators etc.,

or

• needed a psychologist’s report for your lawyer to present in court – for family court issues, criminal matters, criminal injury, workcover or other insurance claims,

or

• as an employer needed to have your best job candidates scientifically profiled so you can distinguish between the best of them,

or

• needed to fine tune your performance – in sport, business, academia, job hunting, or social skills?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above this could eventually prove to be the most profoundly life changing letter you have read! A psychologist could help you with any of the above issues.

FEES: Psychologist’s fees in USA and Australia can be rebated (i.e. some money refunded) by private health insurance if you are appropriately insured. In Australia Medicare rebates are available for patients who have special doctor’s referrals – see: www.psychologynatural.com/fees.html [http://www.psychologynatural.com/fees.html] NOTE: You don’t need a doctor’s referral to see a psychologist unless you are looking for a Medicare rebate)

Psychology “Basics”.

*Body and Mind are interdependent.
Biology is such that it is natural for us to fight or flee when we feel threatened. When we are threatened hormones are automatically released that maximise our bodies’ ability to do either of these as required for survival (while functions like digestion close down). When the threat passes our hormone levels and general biological balance returns to normal. The activity of “fight or flight” itself helps to “use up” those excess hormones and their effects. When the lion loses interest in the chase, the panicking herd of animals notice this and almost instantly settle back to grazing and digesting their food asif nothing had happened.

The threats we face in modern life however, usually cannot be escaped by using our muscles and rarely end quickly. The adrenalin and other stress chemicals that would normally be “burned away” by a muscular response to a short term stress stay in our systems too long. These perceived stresses come from our work-life, family and social life. Some of the threats driving us are generated from within ourselves as a result of attitudes we learned in childhood causing us to be chronically vigilant. Three simple examples are compulsive perfectionism, cleanliness or approval seeking. When a sense of threat stays too long it means that our bodies are geared-up for danger too long and then things start to break down: We develop such physical symptoms as stomach aches, heart pains, dizziness, rashes, our immune system weakens and we become more vulnerable to illness. Our desperation to cope with perceived threat may drive us to eccentric behaviours, or “twitchiness” (noticed by friends, family and workmates) or painful emotional states such as panic attacks, depression and anxiety. When these latter two go together, it is commonly called a “nervous breakdown”. Most of us encounter this situation at least once 焦慮症心理治療 in our lives.

“Pulling Ourselves Together”
It is a very human form of self-delusion to think we can deal with our chronic psychological conflicts and anxieties by the application of willpower alone. This is why a “pull-yourself together” approach is ultimately unhelpful in changing ones’ inner realities and their eventual consequences.

When conscious will is out of harmony with inner reality.
Doctors and psychologists commonly see patients suffering debilitating illness resulting from the tension caused by a strong commitment to a lifestyle, or a form of work for which they are not temperamentally well suited. Psychological assessment and counselling helps to investigate and rationalise the factors involved. Sometimes a lifestyle change is needed, and a psychologist can help guide and support the change process which can be difficult.

Possible reasons for being referred to a psychologist.

*You suffer a medical condition that can be aggravated by stress
Certain kinds of heart problems, skin conditions, alopecia (hair loss), some cases of torticollis (shoulder muscle spasm), ulcers or other digestive system problems are just a few examples. Some medical conditions indicate a change in lifestyle for continued well being. A psychologist can teach you stress management techniques and attitudes, and coach you through life-style changes, often as part of a “2-pronged” approach involving both medical and psychological interventions. Work Cover patients often need psychological treatment and rehabilitation counselling.

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