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Common Fears About Seeing a Psychologist

  • What will he think of me? Will he think I'm crazy, bad, or stupid?
  • She'll diagnose me
  • He'll try to talk about things I don't want to talk about
  • She'll push me to do things I'm not ready to do
  • It won't work anyway, so why bother?
  • He'll try to psychoanalyze me
  • She'll try to blame everything on my mother or father
  • He'll be too stuffy
  • She'll be too loosey-goosey
  • He'll be like one of the t.v. shrinks in sitcoms
  • She won't understand me

But here's what your psychologist is really trying to do...

  • Understand you. See things from your point of view
  • Join forces with you. Collaborate
  • Put your problems / concerns in a context that makes sense
  • Communicate his / her understand back to you –- to make sure it's right
  • Understand your goals
  • Figure out what you need, what's best for you
  • Be professional but human
  • Help you understand yourself better
  • Help you understand others better
  • Help you