If you had to choose a therapist...

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peacesoul
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   Posted 7/9/2008 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Where one therapist has a degree in Psychology but has no personal life experience with panic/anxiety and charges $100 an hr
 
or
 
A therapist/consultant without a degree but has a ton of personal experience with panic/anxiety and had learned how to control it and teaches others how to control it and charges $50 an hr
 
Which one would you prefer to see and why?
 
 


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   Posted 7/9/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   

I would choose the one with the ton of experience and no degree as that person has lived the life and understands where we are coming from and what we are going through.

I would hope not to spend the first 3 meetings doing my intake history. devil

This is just my 2 cents and I do believe there are wonderful therapists but with the info provided, that would be my choice.

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   Posted 7/9/2008 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Experience definitely over degree.  I have been to therapy and thank God above for sending me to my therapist as she was so wonderful and helpful, but people who are living life and experiencing what we do every hour of every day DO truly understand us.
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   Posted 7/9/2008 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Experience every time. I have seen some "professional's" with no wall space for all their degrees but they wouldn't know a panic attack if it walked up and clubbed them over the head with a dead badger (no offence intended to the badger.)

Now as someone studying to be a counsellor please forget what I said! No, jokes, go with your heart not with the bit of paper.

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peacesoul
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   Posted 7/9/2008 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with all of you. Of course this was a hypothetical question, but since I'm working towards gets my cert in Naturopathic healing, I would love to help others with anxiety since I've lived it for 25 yrs and come out of it, fallen down, gotten back up etc.

When I was in therapy and even when I was part of the cities largest anxiety clinic for 2 yrs, none of the therapist could offer me anything other than what they learned from a book.
I recieved more wisdom and strength from my best friend who suffered and came out of the rubble of anxiety.

This is great insight.....keep it coming and thanks my friends :-)

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   Posted 7/10/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Thread Jen
I would go with the one that has walked in our shoes
"Walks the walk .......
Talks the Talk "

N it dont cost me an arm and a leg lol

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peacesoul
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   Posted 7/11/2008 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Lyn, it's funny. Cause I posted this same thread on another site where I go and most people there have not had panic/anxiety and they said they would go with the degree.

Just goes to show unless one has experience the pain of anxiety, they just don't get it

Love the replies in there....keep em coming folks
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   Posted 7/15/2008 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I wud choose the most attractive one but thats jst me :P, wud def pick 1 wiv experience not just degree. But ther are other factors to take into account location etc.... I think the biggest factor for me if im honest is how easy is the person tp talk too if ther only interested in the money n not in the paitent they wud b hard to open too imo
 


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   Posted 7/15/2008 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
This is such a toss up. I would try to give them both a chance, but the one with the most experience would probably be the one that I pick. But we all have to start somewhere.

I did well with a therapist for many years, but we became friends and I think that the objectivity left the room. I am now seeing a psychologist, and she seems to know what is bothering me before I do. She has such good insight, but she also has experience. So I guess the experience wins.

Good thread

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