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I caught my therapist in a lie; am I overreacting?

I've been seeing my psychologist for about 18 months. Overall, she's great: upbeat, insightful and easy to talk to. But on a couple of occasions I've left therapy with a distinct feeling that she wasn't being entirely forthright with me, or like she actively tried to make me feel insecure during a session. Are these red flags real? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2014 - 44 answers

 

Help me navigate the basics of the mental health system

My only real experience with mental health practitioners was a brief stint with my free university counseling where I tried one or two medications for anxiety and depression. They didn't do anything for me and I became disheartened and left the idea behind for the past few years. Having gotten health insurance for the first time a few months ago and after some recent introspection, I've found myself interested in possibly trying some anti-anxiety/depression medication again, as well as some sort of ongoing psychotherapy. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Feb 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Most helpful groups/resources/forums for anxiety issues? (Cleveland, OH)

I am not meshing well with my therapist, and I plan on quitting. Finding a new therapist under my current health plan would take months; they're booking into May at the earliest. I'd like to find resources online and around the Cleveland area to help me cope with my longstanding anxiety (Primarily SAD, some GAD) issues in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Feb 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Afraid of being fired: how do I keep the fear from crippling me?

I have crippling, perhaps justified fear of being fired. My fear is making my performance suffer, causing me misery and probably making firing more likely. How do I stop thinking like this? [more inside]
posted by Marered on Jan 20, 2014 - 21 answers

How To Talk About Sex

Occasionally, I bring up the subject of sex with my partner, and I always get nowhere. Sex has never been something that we've really talked about. We had those first few conversations when we met several years ago: disclosures of risks, general preferences, expectations for monogamy, etc. and from there we just let it develop naturally. We need to talk about it because our sex life isn't meeting my needs, and I've asked to talk about it, but I still don't know how to talk about it, and I'm afraid this is just going to become another in a string of failed attempts to talk about sex. [more inside]
posted by this *is* my happy face on Dec 19, 2013 - 28 answers

When do I move on to the next stage to eliminate the panic?

I've been on 20mg of citalopram (Celexa) for about 10 days and I actually feel worse. At what point should I start CBT OR at what point should I complain to my GP? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2013 - 13 answers

CBT or RET/REBT Worksheets or Own Methods that Work for You

I have struggled with intense anxiety and depression for many years. My counselor who still uses RET (REBT) is helpful. I have read Feeling Good (CBT) along with other books of RET author Albert Ellis...but I have difficulty finding a way that makes sense in disputing my thoughts that I stick with. I am willing to put the time in but I am curious is anyone here is willing to share their own style of doing CBT or RET homework that works for them. I'm not asking for shortcuts but unique ways you may have tweaked either layout or jotting down things. I am open to whatever you might suggest. (For what it is worth, I find Albert Ellis' writing rather strange but understand the philosophy of REBT and CBT.)
posted by snap_dragon on Nov 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Experience with Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)?

I'm searching for a therapist to help me deal with ongoing anxiety and insecurity issues. I came across someone who looks promising and practices ISTDP, which I had never heard of before. I did some googling and it looks legit, but wondered if any of you have any experience with this? thanks!
posted by meb123 on Aug 14, 2013 - 4 answers

Is it a bad idea to submit my psychiatrist visits to my insurance?

I'm seeing a psychiatrist. I'm paying for it up front through my HSA and not submitting it to my insurance company. I switched to a new practice recently and because it's more expensive, I wonder if I should submit these claims to my insurer. Should I be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2013 - 8 answers

How do you gently get someone to seriously consider therapy?

A dear old friend is losing friends through drinking, drug use, treating partners badly and borrowing money never to pay it back. She's had anger and anxiety issues for years as well as eating disorders that come and go in severity. She won't consider therapy and things are getting worse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2013 - 13 answers

Identity Theft Victim Needs a Therapist

Very short and to the point question. A family member has been the victim of identity theft, and are doing very poorly in terms of mental health in the process of trying to cope. They have severe phone anxiety, social anxiety, etc, and this is emotionally destroying them. I need a therapist in the Atlanta metro area, preferably Dunwoody/Norcross area that is taking new patients ASAP and who has experience with ID theft and anxiety issues. Bonus if they take Blue Cross Blue Shield GA's Blue Choice POS insurance, but willing to pay if they don't.
posted by strixus on Jun 21, 2013 - 2 answers

How do I get better at being in therapy?

I’ve got an appointment with a new therapist next week. I’m really excited, because wow do I have some things to work out, but I’m also wary because I’m crap at being in therapy. This new therapist seems to be a good fit, at least on paper and according to a recommendation I’ve gotten. Does anyone have any constructive ideas about how to be a good patient in therapy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2013 - 9 answers

I'm not traumatized... Am I? (Sexual assault recovery)

I was sexually assaulted a few times and stalked/harrassed by an abusive, predatory and highly manipulative man who was in a position of trust to me. (We weren't in a relationship; he is nearly three times my age.) I am confused about where I should "be" or where I amin terms of getting over the events. Counselors and websites are quick to point out things like PTSD and rape trauma syndrome; they are suggesting things like EMDR and strongly hinting that I'm traumatized. I'm not convinced. Is it possible to actually be traumatized and not realize/recognize it? Is a "trauma response"... with panic attacks, flashbacks, and such... the only possible response to rape and harassment? Secondly: Is therapy always necessary to deal with this sort of thing? Or is it possible that I have/will get over it by myself? I don't want to pathologize myself. I don't want to create new problems for myself by going to therapy that I might not actually need. I wanted to ask metafilter because the counselors I speak to are obviously going to be somewhat biased in telling me that I am "traumatized". [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jun 1, 2013 - 26 answers

Going to the mental health clinic, what can I expect in the time ahead?

I made an appointment at a local clinic. Assuming things start well (right Dr.+ right drugs). What can I expect 2-3 years down the road? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Too good to leave, too bad to stay - therapist edition

Should I find a new therapist when I'm only in town for 6 more months? [more inside]
posted by guessthis on May 16, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I gain the courage to see a therapist?

I have pretty severe social anxiety. How do I gain the courage to see a therapist? I am mostly afraid of my parent's reaction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Help fix my crazy

What techniques can I employ to help deal with crippling anxiety and bug-phobic behaviors until I can afford regular therapy appointments? Ugly details inside - apologies for the length. [more inside]
posted by woolly on Apr 10, 2013 - 16 answers

Trans-friendly therapist in Melbourne AU?

(Australian) Melbournian mefites - can any of you recommend a trans-friendly therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Therapist for anxiety/depression in Inwood/Riverdale/lower Westchester?

Asking for a friend-- Can anyone recommend a therapist for anxiety/depression in Riverdale, Inwood, or nearby Westchester? No particular approach preferred, although approaches like CBT that have some literature supporting their efficacy would be better.
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Mar 5, 2013 - 1 answer

Therapy while traveling or in transit.

What are my options for therapy while I am traveling and in the midst of a move to a different part of the world, with a lot more travel on the horizon? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Too scared to work

How can I cope with extreme professional/work anxiety? [more inside]
posted by one of these days on Dec 5, 2012 - 21 answers

The idea that people don't change: what does it mean for me?

People don't change. If accepting that reality is the way to peace, how do I reconcile it with being married to someone with whom I'm incompatible in fundamental ways? (I am committed to this marriage because we have a young child who means the world to me and needs me.) Do I need to stop believing there could be core change in another person's outlook on life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2012 - 27 answers

Need non-therapy therapies.

I need therapy for really bad and unwarranted relationship jealousy and insecurity but I wouldn't be able to get started until sometime late January. What would be some alternatives I could pursue in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 on Nov 30, 2012 - 13 answers

Seeing a psychiatrist for anxiety. How does that work?

Seeing a psychiatrist for anxiety and depression - How does that work? I went to a doctor about my anxiety issues and she gave me a referral to a psychiatrist to get some anti-anxiety meds as she did not feel comfortable prescribing them. (She didn't give me a name, I have to call my insurance to get a list or something I guess. Also, she gave me a no refill xanax prescription after I begged.) I am somewhat bewildered by this as I didn't expect to have to go to a psychiatrist so I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Girl needs therapy

Therapy hasn't helped in the past. But I need to do something, FFS. What else should I try? [more inside]
posted by indognito on Nov 2, 2012 - 13 answers

What to do when to depressed and anxious to get therapy for depression and anxiety?

What to do when too anxious and depressed to get therapy for one's anxiety and depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 22, 2012 - 25 answers

Is CBT just not for me? Or am I not giving it a fair shake?

Is CBT just not for me? Or am I not giving it a fair shake? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2012 - 17 answers

Does anyone have experience of Core Process psychotherapy?

Does anyone have experience of Core Process psychotherapy? [more inside]
posted by terretu on Oct 2, 2012 - 3 answers

How to make therapy work?

"You can't get over this unless you really want to." Do I not want to? I need to want to, and I'm a self-sabotaging ball of nonsense. Have therapist and group therapy, intake appointment for medication on two days, feeling like I'm maybe just making it all up. Or I'm using my intelligence to pull one over on either my therapist, or myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2012 - 25 answers

OK, fine, the sky IS falling.

What are some good, supportive conversational strategies for dealing with someone who's catastrophizing? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Sep 26, 2012 - 15 answers

Specialist for a very special illness

Gastroenterologist for brain cooties? [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna on Sep 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Can I/should I get a "prescription cat?"

Getting a prescription cat... How to, should I, and can I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2012 - 21 answers

How do I get better at managing multiple social cues?

How do I get better at managing multiple social cues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Resources on Adult Attachment Therapy?

I may be starting adult attachment therapy in the next week, on the advice of a crisis counselor and after a few years of on-and-off treatment for anxiety and depression that's not getting me very far. Point me to some quality, hopefully easy to find resources that can spell out what the experience might be like. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I fix my issues with women and problems with people in general?

How do I fix my issues with women and problems with people in general? [more inside]
posted by johnx on Aug 9, 2012 - 25 answers

Are all therapists the same?

I need therapy. I have no idea how to start. How does one pick a therapist if all seem the same? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2012 - 13 answers

Who can help me?

How do you know what type of mental health professional you need? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2012 - 12 answers

poke, scratch, sniff, tap, shuffle

I need to stop fidgeting. How? Help! [more inside]
posted by guessthis on Jun 15, 2012 - 15 answers

Too much anxiety, therapy isn't working, help?

My anxiety is running my life. I've been to therapy, it made it worse. What next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2012 - 21 answers

Therapy checklist

Psychotherapy starter kit [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna on May 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Therapy: am I doing it wrong?

Therapy is going okay so far...but should it really just be me rambling for an hour every week? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt on Apr 10, 2012 - 19 answers

Please recommend me a psychiatrist and therapist in the Dallas area who 'specialize' in anxiety/dysthymic disorders.

Please recommend me a psychiatrist and therapist in the Dallas area who 'specialize' in anxiety/dysthymic disorders. I don't have severe anxiety to the point where I'm a hermit or anything. I like to think of my self as a very functional social phobic. But the anxiety is still there enough to rear its ugly head. For example, I'm finding it increasingly difficult to connect with people as I get older. I've lived in Texas my entire life and all my best friends moved away after college. I haven't been able to develop friendships that are as strong as the ones I had in high school and college. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Looking for first time therapy tips + therapist recommendations in Vancouver.

I've come to the conclusion that some therapy/counselling would help me a lot, but as a life-long introvert I find the idea very intimidating and nerve-wracking. Looking for tips and encouragement on starting therapy, and recommendations for a good, preferably female and affordable, therapist in Vancouver BC. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Please help me help my wife.

I need professional help with trying to save my marriage to a person who has had profound anger, anxiety, and depression issues since childhood. I need help with leading her toward restarting therapy (and potentially toward reconsidering her insistence on no chemical treatment). Our relationship is in serious jeopardy and we have a child. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 - 16 answers

Therapy for a sixteen-year-old in DC?

Looking for a CBT or similar therapist for a sixteen-year-old in the DC area, and help for dealing with parents. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Feb 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Matchmaker, matchmaker ...

Do you know a great therapist in Brooklyn or Manhattan who helped you or a friend cope with depression? I'm trying to find a good fit. [more inside]
posted by jessca84 on Feb 14, 2012 - 5 answers

I can't convince my anxiety-afflicted mom to get therapy, but she'll read a book. What book should it be?

I've been trying to convince my anxiety-afflicted Mom to get therapy for ages. She finally said that if I were to buy her a book, she would promise to read it, and perhaps that would lead to finally giving therapy a shot. She's pushing 70 and has to deal with a new addition to the family who is aggressive and toxic, so I think its urgent for her to get a better handle on her mental state. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Jan 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Is psychoanalysis for me?

[TherapyFilter] Could you tell me about your experiences of psychoanalysis please? I am trying to decide if it would be helpful for me to begin it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Anxiety therapy for the high roller crowd

Are there examples of 'high end' people who have successfully used anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medications? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Jan 4, 2012 - 38 answers

Picking a doctor when doctor information in my area is scarce?

How do I pick a psychiatrist when I can find absolutely no information (besides the basics like contact info and education history) on any of the doctors in my area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2011 - 7 answers

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