Blog: Perspectives on mental health services

Becoming a more informed client and consumer

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We live in an age of not just X-rays, but CT scans, PET scans and MRIs.  We’re able to see the human brain with greater clarity than ever before, and we’ve come to view these techniques as standard medical practice.  In contrast, the notion that someone could see ...

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It’s easy to assume that therapy is essentially advice.  After all, when we try to help out friends or family members, we usually tell them what we think they should do.  Dr. Phil and other “TV” or “radio psychologists” also reinforce this view: they give a ...

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In your first meeting, the therapist is trying to understand your issues, but you’re also trying to get a sense of the quality of the therapy and whether or not you and the therapist are a good match.  If you’ve been in therapy before, you might have a sense of ...

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If you’ve never met with a therapist before, you might feel quite in the dark as to what the first appointment would be like.  Will it be like meeting with a medical doctor?  If not, what’s the etiquette?  And when it comes to discussing your issues, where are ...

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Starting therapy means seeking help, and that isn’t easy for most of us.  And therapy often raises more troubling concerns than seeking other forms of help, such as going to a lawyer, accountant or medical doctor.  After all, we usually have a pretty good idea of ...