Sometimes, we can experience a wide range of negative emotions, such as not feeling understood or validated, loved, wanted, or accepted by our parents, partners, loved ones, work colleagues, or friends. We can also feel lost, confused, or insecure about what we want in our lives.

We can feel these ways to any point in our life, but that does not mean you need to see a psychologist. However, you need to consider therapy if:

  • You feel an overwhelming and prolonged sense of helplessness and sadness, and your problems do not seem to get better despite your efforts and help from family and friends.
  • You are finding it difficult to carry out everyday activities; for example, you cannot concentrate on work assignments, and your job performance is suffering as a result.
  • You worry excessively, expect the worst, or are always on edge.
  • Your actions are harmful to yourself or others; for instance, you are drinking too much alcohol, abusing drugs, or becoming overly argumentative and aggressive.
  • You need to talk about what is going on in your life and make sense of long-standing emotional and behavioural conflicts. You want to know more about yourself.

Accepting that you need to look for professional assistance does not make you look like a weak person. By contrast, it means that you are strong enough to be aware that by continuing to do the same by yourself without much improvement, you will not change how you are facing your life.

So, my invitation is for you to remember that a qualified and professional psychologist can help you in a space of trust and respect.