A BRAIN’S BEST FRIEND

Mens Health (Australia) - - State Of Mind - KNOW YOUR GOAL RE­QUEST A CHAT GET STARTED

Some­times talk ther­apy is the best medicine. Here’s how to find the right pro­fes­sional

Do you want strate­gies to help you cope? Or do you want to go deeper into your is­sues as you learn cop­ing skills? The lat­ter tends to bring more last­ing re­sults, says psy­chother­a­pist Celine Elise Al­varez. “Many ther­a­pists will do a free 10- to 15-minute phone con­sul­ta­tion,” says clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist An­gela Re­iter. Do they recog­nise your symp­toms and have a sense of how to help? If the ther­a­pist rushes you, move on. Seek eval­u­a­tion by a li­censed men­tal health prac­ti­tioner and go from there. Psy­chi­a­trists are med­i­cal doc­tors, but psy­chol­o­gists, so­cial work­ers, coun­sel­lors and li­censed re­la­tion­ship and fam­ily ther­a­pists can also help. – C.R.

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