Are you looking for a Conselour /Psychologist in order to treat your mental health ( worries, stress, agony ) ?
When is about open up with a stranger, is NOT an easy thing to do, specially if you ever had a Trauma which is very hard to talk about it.
So, do you guys know a good English Speaker Conselour /Psychologist/Shrink that is worth to visit in Kaohsiung ? If you do, please share.
But while I wait for replies, I will tell you WHICH NOT TO GO ! haha.
There’s one in Zuoying near the HSR , and I’m not throwing all the shit to the entire clinic, but yes to one psychiatrist. This is in case you don’t want to waste your courage and time for someone that can be replaced by talking to the air and where you lost 2200 NT for 50min.
I’m a guy that ben throught a lot of hard obstacles in life, either financial, relationship, dreams, problems etc. But always found a way to have a solution. I’m not the guy who gets a problem and then just save it or pass by it saying " It’s okay, will be better tomorrow " , no I’m not that kind of extreme positive man but at least I find a way to fix it and make that problem into something positive.
And any stress type or worries, I always had my circle of friends and activities to distract and share with a cold beer and laugh.
10 yrs has pass, now I’m married with a child, all my friends gone back to their countries and my activities now is less due to time, the TIME of work and be a father and the TIME of COVID restrictions.
Now I have a new problem, and this problem is something I cannot solve, because is not financial, is not from work, is not from marriage, is not dream frustation no…
Is about Alzhaimer+Distance+Family , and this was the trigger to make me now urgently look for a psychiatrist, because now I have ZERO patience to any small problem either is a person, an object or situation…it makes me automatically feel anger and smash things before I can say a word or even think twice before act. I lose my breath and feel to faint.
So in order to treat this issue asap, I found this clinic in Zuoying. I saw they have one psychiatrist ( we will call her “A”) this “A” Psychologis beside be taiwanese, also have some degrees from other countries, so I thought " This is very good, because for our cases as Foreigners, we need someone that is more open, that not only view the problems and world of Taiwanese Life, abut also how’s the world in western countries )"
I add their clinic LINE and I start to fill the application and when they ask me which psychiatrist I want : "A,B,C or D " I choose “A” . After that they ask me to summarize "WHY I NEED A Psychologist "
They ask me to confirm the date and hour, and then to deposit in advance 2200NT
I do all that, and they say they will wait me at the door at 19:00.
So i drive there about 30mins, because yes, was far from home but I thought it will be worth it. I arrived and no one there, all lights turned off and doors closed. I call to their number and nobody answer.
-So if you receive a patient , at least you be delicate to receive them on time, specially after you know the REASON of why they come. They dont need another Frustration/Dissapointment situation right?
Anyway, I walk around the building for 5 mins and then I saw a ringbell with a sign of the Clinic. Once I push it, one person came down, opens up and said:
-Hi…are you Sxguier right? We were waiting for you
In my head was ( Are u kidding me?)
Then she introduce herself: - I’m your Psychologist , lets go upstairs
I notice her face was way differ from the pictures, so I ask: - Are you “A” Psychologist?
-No I’m not, I’m “B” , did they tell you that you made an appointment with “A” ?
Akward moment, I felt pity for her so I said “Don’t worry, its okay, she speaks english, lets give her a chance”
I speak about stuff that was hard to take them out to light, and not only that, when I tried to explain about each member of my family she interrupted everytime asking about another one.
At the end of the session, all I saw was a Saleswoman, not a Psychiatrist. Becuase she insisted to come again, that what i have need more listen. I ask her if there’s any tip ,medicine or suggestion/excersise for me to do to control my issues…she said: - No no no, I can get you pills but the best is you come again, when you can come again, this week ?
This already was piss me off so I said: Ok, I would come again…but honestly I don’t feel this work since I paid 2200 NT for you to listen my problem ( eventhough she always interrupted ) and don’t offer me any small tip or excersise or thing in return…how about you charge me cheaper? 1500n or max 1800nt? Because right now due to my family issues and also my baby spends and bills, 2200 is too much, I only accept for this session cuz im desperate.
And what she said: - Oh no…ehmm sorry but 2200 NT is my price, i cant change it…you might look for other cheaper but I dont know…specially who speak english… But most important…dont think about price… you are a father now…do it for your SON !
Are you guys thinking the same thing right? : "Woww…just wow…that low? "
I bite my tongue to not explode at that moment, and before my lost of air feeling began I just rushed to get out of there. I leave without say thanks or looking at her face.
Once I arrived home, I just google if there’s any Psychologis available at that hour to make a session via Skype, but a psychiatrist of my country. I found one and only charge me 800NT.
She don’t only patiently listen so later ask me more detail questions, but at the end of the session she gave me a lot of excersises, tips and how to handle my rage moments.
She told me all the things that im doing that subconsciusly trigger my anger too and how to solve them. And she encourage me to only follow her instructions and to make an appointment whenever I’m reasy to share my results of if there’s another problem.
So, how about you guys? In my opinion, if you can, just make an appointment with someone of your country. But it would be MORE BETTER if is a Taiwanese because they might connect better since they know the life stress here and also western life stress issues.