A clinical psychologist counselling. The psychologist is a counsellor and therapist who can help you if you have stress, depression, you are not sleeping well or have insomnia, or when you feel like you’re stuck and have messed up your relationships at home, work, or school. It is better to consult a psychologist sooner, before it is too late.
The psychologist can help you gain a better understanding of your own thoughts, feelings, desires and fears. When your problem has been identified, the psychologist will then help you to set realistic goals and find solutions. Thus, psychological counselling is not about giving advice and ready solutions, but about a process of cooperation and exploration in which you yourself play an important and active part.
When to go to psychologist counselling?
- if you have excessive stress
- if your sleep is of inferior quality, you wake up at night and cannot fall asleep again
- if you get upset too quickly
- if you often get into a fight with other people
- if you think others don’t understand you
- if you think you are experiencing depression
- if you are constantly in a bad mood
- if you are no longer interested in the things and activities that once attracted you
- if you are not interested in anything
If a psychologist determines that you are having depression and your help is beyond his or her competence, he or she can refer you to a psychiatrist.
It is advisable to try to seek the help of a psychologist before taking sleeping pills. It is also possible to get initial counselling from our general practitioner, who can also help with sleep problems and advises on how to improve the quality of your sleep.
What is a psychologist counselling?
Psychologist counselling lasts 1 – 1.5 hours. It is recommended to have three to five sessions. The interval between appointments is determined by the psychologist because it depends on the particular problem of the person. Sometimes only one therapy is enough.
Our psychologist provides the following therapies:
- transactional analysis (created by Eric Berne the author of the book Games People Play;
- gestalt therapy (created by German psychiatrist Fritz Perls);
- group therapy (up to 15 people)
What does gestalt therapy teach?
- To take and share responsibility;
- to understand yourself (who I am, what I do and how I do it);
- use creativity and activity;
- be tolerant, flexible and independent;
- to deal with aggressiveness – suppressing aggressiveness also means suppressing your energy, this can result in psychosomatic illnesses and toxic relationships with loved ones;
- to overcome learned helplessness and to help others;
- to see how we manipulate ourselves and others.
Estonians are of a closed nature and it is not common for us to go to a psychologist or counsellor, rather, their concerns and problems are shared with friends. But a friend is neither objective nor specialist, a friend may not be able to help you and can often give you biased advice. A friend does not live your life, so it is better to refer your problem to a specialist who has appropriate knowledge and experience and is proficient in special therapies.
It is possible to order a psychologist lecture or group therapy to your organisation.
Our psychologist also welcomes children from the age of 14 and provides therapies for families and groups too (for example, for a professional team).
At our clinic, a psychologist is available every week on Wednesdays.
Register for a psychologist appointment here.
You can read more about who a psychologist or psychiatrist is from here.