When Should I See a Therapist?

September 17th, 2008

Seeing a therapist can be a risky endeavor. First, you have to accept that you want to share your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs with someone you’ve never met before. Then you have to find a therapist or counselor you like AND make sure everything fits – from availability to payment.

But how can you know it’s time for you to seek therapy? There are several questions you might ask yourself:

•Do you feel like you could use some help, even if its hard to ask?
•Have your other efforts slowed down in yielding results?
•Are your feelings and thoughts about yourself and/or your life weighing on you?
•Do you feel alone, worthless, or damaged?
•Do you have to give extra effort to get through the day?
•Does the world seem screwed up?

You don’t have to answer all of these questions with a yes to make the decision. However, answering yes to even one of them might warrant a call to a therapist. You don’t have to feel the way you do.

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