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Therapist vs. Friends and Family

Therapist vs. Friends and Family

Therapist vs. Friends and Family
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A question that I get commonly asked is: what is the difference between seeing a therapist and speaking to friends and family? Friends and family are a great source of support, but oftentimes it can be important for us to seek professional help. When we use our friends and family as our only source of mental health support, oftentimes it can be difficult to be completely open and honest about the things that we're struggling with. We also can find ourselves worrying about the impact of our conversations or the extent of the support that we need on the friendship. For example, sometimes when one person is really struggling, it can put a burden on the friendship. So making it a point to see a therapist during a difficult time is a way of dedicating a set time - usually every week - towards your own mental health and really seeing somebody who is objective, has the time to listen, ask all the questions that need to be asked, and an opportunity for you to be completely open and honest about the things that you're struggling with.

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Monisha Vasa, MD

Psychiatrist

  • General and Addiction Psychiatrist
  • Treats a variety of mental health disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders
  • Also teaches medical students and residents at the UC Irvine School of Medicine

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Monisha Vasa, MD

Psychiatrist

  • General and Addiction Psychiatrist
  • Treats a variety of mental health disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders
  • Also teaches medical students and residents at the UC Irvine School of Medicine

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Benjamin Hamburger, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

  • Licensed clinical psychologist in New York and California
  • Provides individual, group and couples psychotherapy for children (and their parents), adolescents, and adults
  • Specializes in working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety and ADHD

Doctor Profile

Monisha Vasa, MD

Psychiatrist

  • General and Addiction Psychiatrist
  • Treats a variety of mental health disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders
  • Also teaches medical students and residents at the UC Irvine School of Medicine

Doctor Profile

Benjamin Hamburger, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

  • Licensed clinical psychologist in New York and California
  • Provides individual, group and couples psychotherapy for children (and their parents), adolescents, and adults
  • Specializes in working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety and ADHD

Doctor Profile

Monisha Vasa, MD

Psychiatrist

  • General and Addiction Psychiatrist
  • Treats a variety of mental health disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders
  • Also teaches medical students and residents at the UC Irvine School of Medicine

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Zev Wiener, MD

Psychiatrist

  • Board-certified psychiatrist
  • Runs a private practice and serves on staff at UCLA Medical Center
  • Provides supervision and instruction to psychiatry resident MD’s and medical students

Doctor Profile

Benjamin Hamburger, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

  • Licensed clinical psychologist in New York and California
  • Provides individual, group and couples psychotherapy for children (and their parents), adolescents, and adults
  • Specializes in working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety and ADHD

Doctor Profile

Monisha Vasa, MD

Psychiatrist

  • General and Addiction Psychiatrist
  • Treats a variety of mental health disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders
  • Also teaches medical students and residents at the UC Irvine School of Medicine

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