Acknowledging that you have a problem, and arriving at the point where you are ready to talk about it, can be difficult.

Talking to friends and loved ones can be very supportive, but sometimes it is hard for people we know well to be objective and honest, because of their feelings for us, and of their role in our lives.

Family and friends are not trained to recognize the type, or seriousness, of a psychological problem - nor the best way to help us cope with it. People often find it much easier to tell their problems to someone they do not know, and who has no expectations of them

Gone are the days when psychologists were the domain of the extremely ill. These days, extremely normal, successful people at the highest echelons of politics, sports, and business regularly consult with Clinical Psychologists to get the most out of their lives, their days, their opportunities, and even their failures.

Today clinical psychologists are recognised as qualified trained professionals who treat people with mental health problems. A clinical psychologist holds a master’s and/or doctoral degree in psychology that involves 6 to 10 years of university study on how people think, feel and behave.

In choosing a clinical psychologist you are ensuring that the person you are entrusting your mental health care to is registered, trained and professional. But most importantly, you want to also choose someone with whom you feel comfortable. It is very important to psychological work that the client and psychologists have a good rapport, and develop a good working relationship. As is the case with any other kind of professional, one practitioner might be a good fit for one person, but not for someone else.

Once you have established the practitioner’s credentials, the best way to determine if they are right for you is to use your feelings as a gauge. Does this person appear kind, understanding and non-judgemental? Do you feel listened to and uniquely appreciated ? If not, perhaps you need to try someone else who might be a better fit.