There are many reasons that can lead a person to convince themselves that they do not need psychological support even if they are going through a low point. Sometimes, they will believe that they are not so bad as to ask for professional help, the economic cost of the sessions can also be an obstacle, they may think that going to the psychologist is a sign of weakness, they may be afraid of depending on another person to solve their problems, of being medicated or of not finding the origin of what is happening to them.

If we think that a loved one or friend, for whatever reason, would benefit from the services of a professional to improve their mood but we do not see him or her convinced or reject the idea of going to therapy, these are some tips offered by professionals to help you take a step that can bring many benefits:

It’s not about pushing or bullying or forcing anyone to seek help, but encouraging that person to tell us what is happening to them, what their feelings are and how they are living the situation. Above all, we must make an effort to listen in an active way and, if we have gone through a similar situation, tell them about our experience so that they see that it is possible to get out of it with the right help.

If it is a question of having an intimate conversation in which the person can vent and talk with total sincerity about what is happening to him or her, it is advisable to choose a suitable time and a quiet place that will be conducive to it. Avoid doing so during family meetings that may cause others to position themselves against seeking professional psychological support.

A single conversation may not be enough to convince you, and the first few times you may be suspicious, defensive, or even offended. Insisting on the subject in a reasoned and deliberate manner should be the way forward.

Of the reasons that lead him not to want specialized help. Each person has total freedom to live their suffering in very different ways.

Sometimes a small step can help to break the ice. It is not that the person we are concerned about starts therapy on a regular basis, but that the ice is broken with a first appointment that can clarify your doubts or fears about treatment with the therapist. If we can help you in the initial search for the specialist who can best adapt to your problem, it can make your journey much easier.

Many times you fear what you don’t know and when it comes to going to the psychologist this is a recurrent fear. It is important to offer reliable information about the work that psychology professionals do – through books or magazine articles – that can help that person decide to go to therapy.

Making him/her feel that he/she can count on our support and accompanying him/her to the first session(s) will help him/her gain confidence. We can also recommend you the option of making an online consultation – more and more specialists and offices are offering this specialized service – and offer to subsidize the treatment totally or partially, since sometimes the cost of the consultations is an excuse not to start the therapy.

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