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For those of you who have had counselling and/or therapy as part of your depression treatment, how did you find your counsellor? (I'll put up a poll). I know my GP can refer me, but she's some distance away and would like to find one closer, so am doing my own search.
I got a referral from my GP. But being a psychologist myself, I asked around about the one he suggested to see if she had a good reputation (she did). If I didn't like what I heard I would have asked for colleagues recommendations.
My husband was assigned one through work cover after fatal accident while he was at work. It turned out it was Adult Mental Health and he went to the Cognitive therapy section. He didnt get antidepresents though and coped just through CT.
Well here comes my saga i apologise for the length of this reply but i shall say straight up dont rely on our health service use the net or even see if you know of family or friends who can advise.
I was referred to the Mental Health Clinic at my local hospital by my g.p at the time because i had somewhat lost the plot ( best way of putting it i doubt you want the gory details ) they then didnt know what to do with me & i was "lost" in the system.
I then got a phonecall one day saying it would be best in my circumstances to call Anglicare which i did & that started my counselling which then transferred to a psychologist who started me on cognitive therapy for my other problems.
Then came my big hurdle i moved interstate & because my pysch couldnt pass me onto someone i was left in limbo again.
I was advised by the g.p i saw in Melb to yet again see the Mental Health Unit at the local hospy. I had this stupid woman sit there & look at me like i was lying yet here i was a total mess & even my sister was scared of what i would do next. She handed me the number of a rape crisis counselling hotline in the area ( WTF ?!?!?!?!? Just because i had mentioned being molested etc & had been working through that ) & Lifelines number & told to call them if i needed help ... Yeah why i dont i just call the ambulance before i do something stupid next time :rolleyes:
Luckily i was realising in myself how i needed help at this stage so found a great psychologist who helped me through so much he was my life saver.
This time around i am going to a psychologist that family members have previously seen she is apparently very lovely & i hope it works out :fingerscrossed: because stupid me thought Mental Health couldnt fail me yet again but they did & even did so again when it came to DP a few weeks ago. When the first question they ask is " are you hearing voices " you know what the outcome is going to be.
Our Mental Health system has a long way to go, a long long way to go.
I just want to say thanks to everyone who replied and who voted! :)
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