Hi Joanne – I would refer to a psychologist if the stress appears unmanageable by the client. While I can certainly have an open ear, I am by no means a psychologist and don’t analyze or diagnose for professional and legal reasons. There is no cookie cutter timeline I follow, as each client is different and presents unique challenges, including post-pardem depression, divorce, fibromyalgia, ill spouse, cancer survivor, etc.
I have a network of professionals I refer clients out to, not just psychologists but chiropractors, massage therapists skilled at specific conditions, physicians, etc. Not only does this help build my credibility in the eyes of the client, but helps them know I care about them and want what is best for them. I do not get any kickbacks for these referrals, so there is no incentive for me other than the wellbeing of the client. In situations where the client is currently seeing a physician or psychologist, I try to get their involvement or input in the client’s training so that we are working in partnership for the client’s benefit.