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With mental health awareness becoming more prominent in today’s society, the importance of psychologists is now widely known.

Psychologists are highly trained professionals who have studied how we think, feel, learn and behave.

Everyone goes through difficult periods in their life and finds ways to cope on their own, but there are some times where a psychologist is what you may need.

Here are the 5 times you should consider seeing a psychologist.

You don’t feel like yourself

A lot of people think that a psychologist is only for people with extreme mental health issues, but psychologists can help you even if you are just feeling a little “off” and you don’t know why. These feelings, if not addressed, can turn into serious issues such as anxiety or depression, so it’s important to ensure you are exploring the possible causes of these feelings.

You’ve lost someone or something

When you lose someone close to you or lose something that is important to you, it is important to seek help as the grieving process can be a long and difficult one. Whether you have lost a close family member, friend, pet, gone through a breakup or divorce or even lost a job, a psychologist may help you work through the grieving process in a healthy way.

You have unhealthy habits or addictions

If you find yourself abusing alcohol, drugs, or even food, this may be an indication that there are issues in your life that you are no dealing with which are manifesting into these unhealthy habits. If you find that you are unable to control your behaviour despite it having negative consequences on your life, you should seek help.

You’ve experienced trauma

Whether you suffered from a history of abuse or neglect, or have recently been a victim of a crime, accident or other traumatic event, a clinical psychologist can help you work through the effects of this trauma. Harnessing Wellness uses equine assisted therapy to help trauma victims cope with their experiences.

You want support

Sometimes it’s good to seek support from outside your usual circle of family and friends. A psychologist could act as a neutral third party who can provide you with practical advice for everyday situations.

If you are experiencing any of these situations and think you need to see a psychologist, please contact us. We offer psychological counselling, therapeutic group sessions and equine assisted psychology for people Melbourne wide.