Does seeing a psychologist help? Yes, we can tell you that for some problems – it does. If you consider a problem such as high anxiety, 7 or 8 people out of 10 can expect to be substantially less anxious after psychological treatment. We know that because psychologists have done research on the effectiveness of our treatment methods. Essentially, they test, say 100 people with high anxiety before treatment and then test their level of anxiety again after treatment. Particular ways of treating people, for example Mindfulness, ACT, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) have been shown to work, and they are then called an evidence based approaches.
The verdict is in. High anxiety, panic attacks and depression does respond to treatment, often in as few as 6 to 10 sessions with a psychologist trained in an evidence based approach.
Does that mean we can guarantee every individual will improve? No, unfortunately we can’t guarantee that, but we can say that your chances are pretty good.