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Ok I'm signed up for one hour of psychology services what should I tell him?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (17707points) March 24th, 2016

It’s on April 2nd. 3–4 pm. From those who know me what should I tell the intake psychologist? What should I not tell (like time travel ect.) There is only one psychologist to choose from. I already paid $95 and owe $95 after one hour.
Should I prepare something or wing it and let what happens happen?

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Jeruba's avatar

I’d say tell him the truest truth you possibly can.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

This is good news! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Before you go, spend a few minutes thinking about a couple of things you want to get out of establishing a therapeutic relationship with a psychologist. Write down 2 or 3 things you want from therapy. For example, you may want coping skills or better understanding of yourself and how you work or skills to manage your mental challenges. You get to decide what you want. Write down 2 or 3 things, and tell them to the psychologist.

And tell the psychologist everything. I have been going to therapy for 29 years. It’s very good for me. I learned a long time ago to tell him/her everything. I hold nothing back. Nothing is off limits.

I also learned that the psychologist is not there to tell me what’s wrong. He’s there to listen to me tell myself what’s wrong and guide me into figuring out for myself what I want to do to fix it.

I’m glad to hear this. I hope it’s a good thing for you.

Adagio's avatar

I assume you had at least something on your mind when you made the appointment, some reason to engage a psychologist. Talk about that. It is a conversation, so the psychologist is not simply going to sit there listening, saying absolutely nothing. He or she may ask questions, prompt you to expand further your story, it’s what psychologists do.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

I would simply think about the reasons why I’d made the appointment, and then take it from there.

If the psychologist is a good therapist, and if you and he/she are the right fit, you should grow comfortable as the hour progresses.

Good luck! Please tell us how it goes.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Love_my_doggie Sure I will keep everyone updated.

Here2_4's avatar

I believe when you get there he/she will help you to organize what you want to discuss, and what can be saved for later.
If this turns out compatible for you, and I certainly hope it does, then I believe it can help you a great deal. Just remember to be patient. People are not Hot Pockets. You can’t push a button, and in sixty seconds all is done. Take your time, relax, and work together. Good luck, friend.

johnpowell's avatar

I’m assuming you are there on your own volition. If I am shitting blood and I go to the doctor because I am shitting blood I am wasting my money if I leave out the fact that I am shitting blood when I actually see them. (I know, extreme example) But my point stands, unless they know the problem they can’t help.

I would actually suggest not preparing. Just go in and be honest. And don’t feel embarrassed or anything. They have seen much worse.

I see a psychologist a few times month. No shame in looking for help.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Follow up. He said that he can’t help me
Then I paid $95 , $190 total. He will keep my file for 7 years for legal reasons.

dappled_leaves's avatar

What did you end up asking him about?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@dappled_leaves I told him about my life story. and why I was on disability. talked about time travel. He wrote most of it down. and we cancelled 10 minutes early to pay my bill and use the washroom. I bought his co-workers book on Amazon. He referred me to the office that my psych nurse works and gave me the run around. I had fun rehearsing my life story for $190.

dappled_leaves's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 But did you just tell him a story and leave, or did you ask him for any kind of help? Or for his thoughts about your story?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I let him guide me. He said he can’t treat delusions or schizophrenia. He also told me that what my dad did to me was wrong.

Jeruba's avatar

You must be disappointed. I’m sorry it turned out that way. Did he offer to refer you to someone who can help you?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Jeruba he referred me back to my old clinic .which I still see for prescriptions and injections.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I’m sorry this was a disappointment. Give United Way a try. It might work, or they might refer you to someone who can help.

Here2_4's avatar

OUCH. What a rough day. May he get stuck at red lights every day the rest of the year.

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