WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED A PSYCHOLOGIST BUT CAN’T AFFORD ONE

WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED A PSYCHOLOGIST BUT CAN'T AFFORD ONE

As a psychologist, I find it extremely important to report on the psychological care services to which any citizen is entitled, which is why the following forum message was the perfect excuse to post on the subject.

“Hello girls, I don’t know where to put that, but I wanted to open a debate about psychologists. Half of the advice I read here is “seek professional help.” Still, the problem is that lately, there is no professional help unless you can financially and by social security unless you are about to endanger yourself or the others are not going to help you. Why? Well, because right now, they are all collapsed. I have my sister who needs urgent help, and she has been waiting for months for help from a simple psychologist, and we cannot afford to pay for it. So seeking professional help is not an option. Do you think anything can be done about that?”

Fortunately, more and more importance is given to mental health, and the psychologist’s role is gaining reputation. Even so, it is still an unknown profession and anchored to the myth of “someone you pay to tell your problems.”

HOW CAN A PSYCHOLOGIST HELP YOU?

Psychologists seek to improve people’s mental health with pathologies  (depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders)  and those going through a wrong time and who do not have the necessary tools to cope with the situation.

We treat problems without an apparent cause (for example, having depression without knowing why) and difficulties caused by something specific (a breakup, becoming unemployed, or losing a loved one).

We also provide tools to manage physical and emotional pain to people with physical illnesses. Not only do we focus on the patient, but we also help their family and friends cope with the situation.

Likewise, we can help people with attention, learning, and memory problems and those who, without having any issues, want to improve in these aspects. We also enhance emotion management, stress and rejection, anger control, social skills training, empathy, personal growth, self-control, and much more.

As you can see, there are many areas in which psychology puts its grain of sand, such as the family, the couple, justice, addictions, sports, organizations. So its functions adapt to any person or group that wants to change, maintain or improve their quality of life.

WHAT IF YOU NEED A PSYCHOLOGIST BUT CAN’T AFFORD ONE?

Social Security

In Spain, psychological care is increasingly being improved. An example of this is the incorporation in September of psychologists in Primary Care (that is, in health centers) in Madrid to treat “less serious” problems.

Although slowly, there is more and more psychological availability in Social Security. Even so, the big problem is that there are very few places to be a psychologist in a public hospital, so the few professionals there are often overwhelmed by the high demand.

To ask to see a Social Security psychologist, you must go to your family doctor. He will refer you to the psychologist or psychiatrist according to your symptoms and his criteria, so if you are one of those who prefer therapy (or psychotropic drugs) as a first option, let him know so that he takes it into account.

Some say that psychological care in Social Security leaves much to be desired, but this is like everything. There are good and bad experiences, and unfortunately, the latter is more common. Try and make an appointment. You lose nothing by trying.

Universities

Many psychology schools offer free psychological care.

On the other hand, the university’s psychological counseling service can help you find associations that offer affordable or accessible services.

Social services

If you are in a situation of social exclusion, you can contact Social Services. They can inform you about psychologists specializing in victims of gender violence, severe mental illness, etc.

Orientation in institutes

If you are a student, a counselor at your institute should offer free psychological care.

Entities

Some associations work with people in a situation of social exclusion (women who have been victims of gender-based violence, people without income, immigrants, people with serious mental illness, ex-prisoners, children and adolescents, and a long etcetera).

Many of these entities have psychologists and psychological support services that are either free or charge a fee proportional to your income.

In some cities, there are spaces for equality and psychological services provided by the city council (especially in larger cities, although it is possible to find them in more and more places). You can discover individual psychological attention, mutual help groups, and beneficial group activities.

By aamritri

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