It's not so much a psychologist as a client. The client usually does not appreciate what he got for free, does not mobilize himself, does not work. And help is rendered useless. Or even the client perceives help with skepticism, this is also of little use. As a result, he will still blame the psychologist for all his troubles, write a review somewhere
I spoke with a psychologist friend:
-Alena, because most of the advice and instructions that you give clients are not so different from those that I can give the same people without appropriate education. Why do they come to you, and not listen to friends, for example?
-They usually listen to me, because they give money for the session. Following the advice, they beat back their money. This is the secret of psychologists :)
Of course, she meant everyday and far-fetched problems, there can be no talk of real deviations. But the latter are usually dealt with by psychiatrists)
I was treated (and recovered) from anxiety-depressive disorder by a doctor in a regular free clinic. I only paid for the medicines prescribed for me.
I don’t really understand what a psychotherapist does in a polyclinic (since I don’t understand what "medical psychotherapy" is at all), but if the appointment is free, then what is the question about the cost?
First of all, it all depends on your desire to work on yourself. Well, in the second place from the competence of a specialist, I know a lot of state ones that will be much better than private ones. Or a lottery or reviews, everything is easy to find now. Sometimes ordinary communication with friends or relatives will help to understand yourself no worse than with a specialist, everything is in your hands