Seeing the Wood for the Trees
Some of what I do as a therapist is quite sophisticated but there are lots of instances when good therapy is about helping people see patterns and solutions that they only couldn’t see themselves because they are looking at their problems from INSIDE THE PROBLEM.
psychology PhDs also sometimes experience not being able to “see the wood for the trees” when it comes to our own work-related actions and thought processes. This is a big part of why all clinical psychology PhDs (even the most experienced) have supervision in which we talk about our treatment plans etc with another psychology PhD.
Often I have walked out of supervision and thought to myself, well that was a really obvious pattern or solution. But of course it wasn’t obvious without someone else for perspective.
Going to see a psychology PhD is taking a chance you could get nothing out of it, it could be mind blowing, it could be what you need to help you get out of your own way and move forward in your life, or it could help you get through a really tough time and emerge at the other end in good shape.
If you’re having a difficult time and have tried what you feel capable of trying, I highly recommend you take the chance and access a clinical psychology PhD who is in your local area.