Question: How do I know if Dr. Daley is the right psychologist for me?

Answer: There are many factors to consider, and, frankly, you are not going to know if the “fit” is right for many session. There are some issues you should consider. 1) Do you care about whether you see a male or female therapist? 2) Do you care about age (Dr. Daley is in his 60’s)? 3) Do you care about the approach your therapist uses in therapy? Dr. Daley’s approach is better thought of as “solution-focused” than “depth focused.” In truth, though, while you can gain a great deal of information about the “fit” between you and a therapist, the issue of “fit” has more to do with how hard you dig in and work at your issues than anything to do with the “match” with Dr. Daley’s style. Make the trial appointment, and see how the “fit” feels, but in the end, you are going to have to work hard in therapy to gain anything, no matter which therapist you choose.

Question: I’m worried about a loved one. Can I refer them to Dr. Daley?

Answer: Yes and no. You may certainly suggest that your loved one call and make any appointment (even come in with them if you think that might help), but be aware: if a person does not want help, we will not be able to help them.

Question: What is a therapy session like? What can I expect during sessions with Dr. Daley?

Answer: Dr. Daley’s approach is to let you decide the direction of each session. He often starts with, “what would you like to work on today? Then, together, you and he will explore ways that you might change the way you think, feel, and/or act to improve your life. 

Question: I’ve decided that therapy is not the right option for me. What other treatment options would you recommend?

AnswerYour PCP (or Primary Care Provider) can prescribe medications or refer you to a specialist who can prescribe medications. Some religions have counselor and religion-based approaches to mental health problems. Doing nothing, as one might do for an ache or pain, might turn out to be a wise or foolish choice. You could try having weekly appointments with your friends/family. Exercise helps. Medication often helps. Healthy living helps. Assertiveness helps. Making wise choices “from here on out” helps.

Do you have a question we didn’t cover? Feel free to email us at pcd@olypen.com or call our Port Angeles office at (360) 452-4345, or our Arlington office at (425) 345-9351.