It can be difficult to decide if and when psychotherapy would be helpful. There are many different ways people make this decision. A general guideline that I offer is what might be called the “interference rule.” That is, if a problem is significantly interfering in your ability to live your life the way you’d like, then psychotherapy may be helpful. [Read more…]
For people suffering from OCD, it can be hard to find help. Being an informed consumer can make all the difference.
It is common for people who think they might have OCD to say, “I’d better see someone,” and go to see a psychotherapist. So far, so good. However, there are different types of therapy for OCD, and evidence suggests that some work better than others. Many people who seek help for obsessions or compulsions with a psychotherapist find that sometimes, after months or years of therapy, their symptoms are still a problem. There can be many possible reasons [Read more…]
Finding a therapist can be a confusing task. Where to start? Should you ask your doctor? Look on the internet? Ask a friend? Ask your insurance company?
These are all reasonable ideas on the face of them. However, some strategies may be more practical for you than others. Let’s look at each of the above options.
If you have a good relationship with your primary care doctor, and feel comfortable asking him or her for a referral, than this may be a helpful step. Even if he or she does not have any suggestions for you, it can’t hurt. If your doctor does give you some referrals, it is helpful to be an informed consumer and find out whether the names you are given are psychiatrists, psychologists, or other types of mental health professionals. Your doctor may be more likely to recommend a psychiatrist than other professionals, since they share a common training background. However, a psychiatrist may [Read more…]