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‘I'm a psychologist’

I’m a psychologist.


This month, I have met people who:
Never told anyone they wanted to be a boy, not a girl
Never told anyone they'd had an affair
Never told anyone their daughter was a drug user
Never told anyone they were abused by their brother
Never told anyone they gave their child up for adoption
Never told anyone they didn't like their new baby
Never told anyone they were attracted to their stepmum
Never told anyone they couldn't tolerate their relative with Alzheimer’s
Never told anyone they'd attempted suicide and recovered alone 
Never told anyone they were attacked while drunk
Never told anyone they throw up when no one is looking
Never told anyone they were beaten by their partner
Never told anyone they were gay
Never told anyone they were consumed by anxiety and burdened by crippling depression
Never told their partner their child wasn't his
Never told anyone about the fear for their child's wellbeing
Never told anyone about their drug taking
Never told anyone about their obsessive thoughts, and couldn't tolerate the guilt, shame, anger, loneliness, distress.

I'm privileged to even hear their stories, and to help them.
These are our starting points to change.

By Julie A
APS psychologist

#BelieveinChange

Are you an APS Psychologist? Email your stories to communications@psychology.org.au.