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Chapter 7. Rallying Support from the Pro... > Mental Health Professionals - Pg. 66

Rallying Support from the Pros A: ___ C: ___ B: ___ D: ___ 66 If you answered True to two or more of the A statements, you should consider meeting with a mental health professional to deal with the psychological side of procrastination. Two or more True replies in the B category means that you could benefit from working with a career development professional, specifically a career counselor who can help with the more complex issues related to career deci- sions and transitions. If you circled two or more Trues in the C category, then a career consultant or personal coach may be able to solve your procrastination problems. Two or more Trues in the D category means that you are probably organizationally challenged and should hire a professional organizer to help you with your problem. You're Not Alone Many people say 'I don't need a shrink. I'm not crazy!' We think we're not that upset or that out of control to warrant seeing one. We feel unhappy but not in an extreme enough situation to seek outside help. But why live like that? --Dale Masi, D.S.W., social work professor and co-author with Robin Masi Kuettel of Shrink to Fit: Answers to Your Questions About Therapy Mental Health Professionals If you are suffering from chronic or severe procrastination that is causing distress to you or the people around you, then it might be time to consult with a qualified mental health professional for some psychotherapy to work through the issues that are holding you back. Unfortunately, finding a therapist or counselor to work with can be an extremely confusing process. People who need pro- fessional help for a procrastination problem often put off getting that help because they don't know how to find the right person. The key to sorting out the choices is to have a basic understanding of what psychotherapy or mental health counseling involves and what the various educational degrees, licenses, and titles mean. What Do Psychotherapists Do? Psychotherapy, or mental health counseling (the two terms are used interchangeably here), involves talking about your problems and concerns in a one-to-one or group setting. Some psychotherapy is short-term with a goal of seeing behavioral changes in a matter of weeks or months; other ap- proaches to psychotherapy require a commitment of a year or more to work out issues fully. The way that psychotherapy is conducted depends on the philosophy of the person delivering it as well as on that person's education, training, and licensing or certification. Anyone can hang out a shingle and call himself or herself a psychotherapist, but not everyone has the experience and training to do it effectively and ethically. Legitimate psychotherapy is a service provided by various types of licensed and degreed mental health professionals, such as psycholo- gists, clinical social workers, and others with specialized training.