Dear Dr. Geek,
I have been seeing a counselor for over two years who took my insurance. I recently lost my health insurance due to my employer closing and have been scrambling to find work at the moment. I can no longer see my counselor because of the lost employment which was also how I received my insurance. I am a bit of an introvert and love the geek world, but have always been a little afraid to let others see it and these counseling sessions have been very helpful. Do you have any suggestions?
- Without A Paddle
Dear Without A Paddle,
This sounds like it was a really good experience for you! I am glad you were able to jump into therapy sessions with an individual who you felt supported you. Losing employment is definitely a difficult thing to experience, and I would suggest focusing on that as a primary goal for yourself to make sure you can support your life and continue on.
As for the loss of insurance, most therapists who take on clients also have a sliding scale fee schedule which is helpful for individuals who do not have insurance that the providers take or may not have insurance at all. I would suggest checking in with your counselor in order to see if he/she can make an exception or already has a sliding scale available. Usually when you spend as much time with a counselor and have felt change occur...they will know it as well. This can mean they want to continue to facilitate that change.
Being an introvert and seeing a counselor is one of the most difficult things to do because of the wanting help, but sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. The idea of Introversion and Extraversion was first proposed as a central dimension of personality by Carl Jung (1921). This is typically viewed as a single continuum of human personality. For example, being high in one element such as extroversion means the individual is lower in the other trait of introversion dependent upon the context of the situation for the individual. Introversive personalities focus on their inner psychic reality as a way of understanding the world; whereas in contrast, extroversive personalities primarily look outwards to their social environment for their grounding in life. Introversive personalities are thought to become overwhelmed and drained of their energy while connecting in face to face interactions socially, while in contrast the extroversive is revitalized (Eysenck, 1971; Jung, 1921). Extroversive personalities tend to enjoy spending most of their time in social environments and their sense of self is based on their external interactions. They can also become bored when they are in more solitary environments because of the lack of social engagement (Jung, 1921; Ryckman, 2004). Ambiversive personalities have traits and attributes of both Extroversive and Introversive personalities dependent upon their needs at the time (Cohen & Schmidt, 1979).
Since you were able to reach out to a counselor for help, I would suggest continuing your journey with the one you feel comfortable with.
Cohen, D., & Schmidt, J. P. (1979). Ambiversion: Characteristics of Midrange Responders on the Introversion-Extraversion Continuum. Journal of Personality Assessment, 43(5), 514–6.
Eysenck, H. J. (1971). Readings in Extraversion-Introversion. New York: Wiley.
Jung, C. G., & Baynes, H. G. (1921). Psychological Types, or, The Psychology of Individuation. London: Kegan Paul Trench Trubner
Ryckman, R. (2004). Theories of Personality. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.
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Dr. Anthony Bean is a Licensed Psychologist in Fort Worth, Texas specializing in video games, therapy, geekiness, and virtual worlds. He is considered an expert in this growing field and has been published extensively in the discipline. At Bean Psychological Services, he works with children, adolescents, and adults who play video games and their families to better understand the immersive effects video games have upon the individual and resulting family dynamics. He is active and available on Twitter as @videogamedoc.
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