How do I know if I need therapy?

Sometimes in our life, 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. Also, we can feel lost, confused or insecure about what we want in our life.

We can feel in these ways to any point in our life, but that does not mean that you need to see a psychologist. However, you need to considerer 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 are unable to concentrate on assignments at work, 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 as a weak person. By contrary, it means that you are strong enough to be aware that by continuing doing the same by yourself without much improvement, you will not change the way that you are facing your life.

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