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Old 02.04.2012, 10:26
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Psychologist who can do after work sessions

Hi all!

I have a friend who would like to see a psychologist but I'm not sure where to start with helping them find someone.

If you know of anyone in Geneva or Lausanne that could do appointments outside of the normal working hours I'd really appreciate it if you could pass on their details.

The person speaks french and english so it does not have to specifically be an english speaker.

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Re: Psychologist who can do after work sessions

I'm not sure what hours your friend works... it might be helpful if you could give us that information. As far as I am aware if your friend works full time they should be allowed time off for medical appointments - and they do not have to disclose that they are seeing a mental health professional. You might want to look at the Pro Mente Sana website (http://www.promentesana.org/wq_pages/fr/) who provide advice on mental health issues and work.

Also if your friend wishes their sessions to be covered by basic health insurance, they will need to see a psychiatrist, not a psychologist, at least in the first instance.

Your friend might find it helpful to contact the psychiatric outpatient services of the CHUV. The advantage of using their services is that they have a large number of psychiatrists working on site (more than a private practice), so are more likely to be able to take on a new patient. The other advantage is that if your friend is advised, for example, to follow some kind of CBT group, the communication between psychiatrists linked to the CHUV and the psychologists running the CBT groups seems to be better than if a client is seeing a psychiatrist in a private practice (because in this case a client has first to be referred to a psychiatrist linked to the CHUV, who then sends them to the CBT group). So I have been told by fellow members of CBT groups who are followed by private psychiatrists.

This is the information for the centre in Lausanne (open between 08h00 - 12h00 and 13h00 - 18h00): http://www.chuv.ch/psychiatrie/dpc_h...c_pge_ccpp.htm and also the centres at Morges and Nyon (open between 08h00 - 12h00 and 14h00 - 18h00): http://www.chuv.ch/psychiatrie/dpc_h...sultations.htm (I know you didn't mention those places but they are in between Lausanne and Geneva... so I thought might be useful).

I have been followed by the Secteur Psychiatrique Ouest for 2 and a half years, initially at the Morges outpatient centre (I now go to Prangins Hospital for my outpatient appointments as my psychiatrist moved to work there full time and I didn't want to switch). I find their care and provision excellent. Should your friend need to talk to someone urgently, you can just turn up - even during the lunch break - and they will find someone to talk to you as soon as possible (yes, I have done this).

I hope that helps.
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Old 02.04.2012, 12:46
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Re: Psychologist who can do after work sessions

My friend works usual office hours 9 - 6 most days but I think we can figure out something.

Thank you very very much for all the information it's really appreciated!
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Re: Psychologist who can do after work sessions

No problem. I've spent the last 2 and a half years getting to know the mental health care set up in Vaud very well indeed... and am only too happy to be able to share my experiences with others. It reminds me that good can come from even our darkest times!

And good for you for wanting to help your friend.
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