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A Hairdresser Isn’t Your Psychologist

Australians are all-to-often revealing their inner most thoughts and feelings with their hairdresser hoping to get some relief from pressing concerns. In a sense using their Hairdresser as a Psychologist. Hairdressers are perceived to be good listeners but really they don’t have the skills, or often desire, to respond and give the direction that’s needed.


Sydney/NSW/Australia – WEBWIRE
Josephine Gale is a registered psychologist and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Josephine is owner of the Life Resolutions pra
Josephine Gale is a registered psychologist and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society. Josephine is owner of the Life Resolutions pra

Why Your Hairdresser Isn’t Your Psychologist
 
Australians are all-to-often revealing their inner most thoughts and feelings with their hairdresser – hoping to get some relief from pressing concerns.
 
Sydney psychologist Josephine Gale said people don’t really know where to turn to when they feel they need to talk.
 
“They aren’t dealing with their emotions so when they have a captured audience, like a hairdresser, they spill out what they’re feeling,” she said.
 
“When in a salon, no topic is off limits, so the hairdresser often ends up hearing all about anything from their client’s sex life and marriage to their boss or the secret job they have”
 
“Hairdressers are perceived to be good listeners but really they don’t have the skills, or often desire, to respond and give the direction that’s needed.”
 
“The figures are alarming with 65 per cent of Australians refusing to acknowledge the need to see a psychologist in a time of crisis.”
 
“This is dangerous territory because hairdressers are not trained therapists who could trigger a chain of life changing events without even realising.”
 
Mrs Gale provided the following advice to people who find themselves spilling their innermost concerns to people like their hairdresser:

  • Understand there are limitations to talking to an unqualified person- whilst your hairdresser can provide an ear to listen to, and validation to what they are saying, but know that they are not trained to provide advice
  • Understand that every thought can lead to an action-
  • Talk to a professional- is it necessary to speak to a  professional if there emotional concerns.
     
    “We have seen a dramatic increase in clients that have initially spoken to a friend, hairdresser or family member that have then realised that they would benefit from talking to a trained professional,” said Ms Gale.
     
    To find out more about the benefits about seeking professional assistance, visit www.liferesolutions.com.au/liverpool


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