Psychiatrists and psychologists....

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  1. jjjoooggg2

    jjjoooggg2 Well-Known Member

    Anyone have any bad experience with psychologists? Anyone have and good?
  2. Bambi

    Bambi Well-Known Member

    when it comes to really getting help nothing beats a psychologist in my was fucking awesome and when it was time for meds he referred me to a great psychiatrist and it went super. Psychologists are really well trained to deal iwth us i feel and you get tool from them to cope
  3. Ignored

    Ignored Staff Alumni

    I've only had bad experiences of psychiatrists... I think they're all mad, cold and evil. I have a wonderful psychologist who I've been seeing for 4 years and he's great (and not mad).
  4. plates

    plates Well-Known Member

    Yep I've met my fair share of terrible, arrogant psychologists.

    Finding one who is not sitting up on some high throne and listenin' to who you are, away from a diagnosis and history (one of them referred me to a support group purely on the basis of ethnicity/gender and that I had a troubled childhood, it never got anywhere, but that was all the help he offered), and their "theoretical framework" is bliss.

    My experiences with NHS psychologists are- terrible/disgusting to say the least. You have no idea. :mellow: And they were only through assessments, but were more than enough to get an idea of how they worked and interacted.

    The therapists I have got on with worked outside the NHS, either in voluntary organisations, or privately. What they shared throughout was a person-centred approach, a deep understanding of psychotherapy, and an unwillingness to label, and also- they talked about my spirit a hell of a lot :mellow: and how I was incredibly resourceful and responsive to them, and not many people are- showing, I go by a very gut instinct when choosing therapists. However, their reluctance to talk about things like "multiple personality", which I agree is very psychiatric, has only been a problem recently, as I need a frame of reference to talk to other therapists about the extent of PTSD I have..
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  5. wheresmysheep

    wheresmysheep Staff Alumni

    I was sent to a psychiatrist first, and I didnt really like them, but they refered me onto a psychologist for my anxiety problems, and I have to say, he validated me alot, told me what i was feeling wasnt mad or unheeded. and he helped me through my sever anxiety
  6. meliisa

    meliisa Member

    I had a good one once but he got too involved and I couldn't be his patient anymore.
    It is SO extremely hard to find a good psychologist or psychiatrist so im not looking for one until someone recommends me one from personal experience.
    There was a very bad one along my travels, sent my mum hysterical when she was worried about me and he wasn't doing the right thing. Come to think of it most ones I've come across have been damn right evil or clueless. Its soo depressing thinking about my past experiences with them. *sigh*
  7. jjjoooggg2

    jjjoooggg2 Well-Known Member

    The reason why I ask is that the first psychiatrist was really understanding and told me within the first session that I should move away from my parents. And gave me lots of options that I never would have thought of.

    But I wanted a second opinion. So's psych advised me to seek cognitive behavioral therapist. I googled searched and chose the most expensive of the 4. We are going through a list of to do's before I leave. I get this feeling it will take a while. Maybe, I am pessimistic. A todo list means I will be leaving.

    I think I will be seeking two more psychs through my family doctor which is where I found the first one that I liked.
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  8. Sonoran

    Sonoran Active Member

    My experiences have been good. My psychologist is patient with me and has gone out of her way to help me in my treatment. I have only had a limited amount of experience with psychiatrists, but they have been helpful when I have spoken with them.
  9. twc

    twc Well-Known Member

    My general opinion of therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists is as you go up the ladder of price and education, they get more arrogant and dogmatic. Not all are the same, though.
  10. jjjoooggg2

    jjjoooggg2 Well-Known Member

    Mine is probably 65 years old. She asked me if the controlling parents was a cultural issue and I asked her if she has had any other client with the same problem twice. She avoided the questions. So I get the feeling that she has no experience or training in this area. Whether that is important or not. She came across as I need to tell my father to stop make decisions. I've tried to talk to him many times. The next step is to stand up or challenge him. I don't think that she realizes that. I bought books about controlling parents and tried to get another referal for a specialist and googled. But most seem to be about out of control kids. I think that this is as much a learning process for her as me. I'm thinking about looking for other counselours.

    My bookkeeper and managers are so with me on this. She said that if she had never met my father, that she would not have understood. And she understands why my psych doesn't get it. I guess the books might be better than a shrink. Because the books are written by shrinks who specialize in this area.
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  11. jjjoooggg2

    jjjoooggg2 Well-Known Member

    I rewrote my last post...
  12. Remedy

    Remedy Chat & Forum Buddy

    I had one great one and three useless ones. In fairness I wasn't very open with any of them so it's a miracle one got through to me at all.

    I think generally you get what you put in.
  13. total eclipse

    total eclipse SF Friend Staff Alumni

    psychologist i have one now who is totally patient excellent never once harmed me thru words i had another who harmed me alot just thru me away in the end pschiatrist are for meds only very uncaring bunch they see titles only not the person within Psychologist reaches in and gets that person out they are very caring for most part the truly care i am lucky to have found one that cares. that sees that hears
  14. jjjoooggg2

    jjjoooggg2 Well-Known Member

    I don't want to say anything more about my psych until I finish workin with her. But I do hae some things to say.
  15. sinnssykdom

    sinnssykdom Banned Member

    ew i hate 'old' psychs. Their too set in their ways for my liking. Nothing in common. For me i need someone energetic not some old hag.
  16. jjjoooggg2

    jjjoooggg2 Well-Known Member

    She spent most of her life doing something else before practicing psychotherapy for the last 6 years or so. I think that she doesn't have the experience in my situation. Her last advice doesn't seem right and I've read a few books on controlling parents. The issue isn't a lack of communication. Its a lack of agreement. I have already been told as an adult by my father that I can leave as an adult. Why would I also try to convince him that I'm making the right decision also. That's asking too much of him. His past has created hard core beliefs about how I should be and a strong inner child full of fear of abandonment, anger and selfishness.

    I already know that I can leave. I'm just trying to convince myself if this is the right decision. I'm not trying to or expect for my father to understand. He's already told me how he feels morally, financially and philosophicaly about me moving away. I don't want to get into another argument. All the books say to just state ones own decision to leave and not go into a debate and not to burn bridges. My father does not want to talk about this over hot coacoa. I am really just conflicted with my fathers age which the book talks about but I haven't seen any firm answers.

    She seems like someone to talk to. But I don't think she understands the situatuon. The first psychiatrist seemed to understand me so well within one session. He already told me to move away after the first session and even addressed the age issure. Maybe, I should.

    I've been doing some things that need organizing and fixing before I leave anyway. So I'm here for a reason until I finish.
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