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  • Writer's pictureNaomi Rubinstein

How do I know if I need a therapist?

Recognising whether you need a therapist can be a personal and nuanced decision. Here are some signs that might indicate it could be beneficial:

  1. Persistent Stress or Anxiety: If you find yourself constantly stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, and it's affecting your daily life.

  2. Depression: Feeling persistently sad, hopeless, or uninterested in things you used to enjoy.

  3. Life Transitions: Major life changes like a breakup, job loss, or moving to a new place can be challenging to navigate alone.

  4. Trauma: Experiencing a traumatic event such as abuse, a serious accident, or loss of a loved one.

  5. Relationship Issues: Struggling with relationships, whether romantic, familial, or friendships.

  6. Substance Abuse: Difficulty controlling the use of alcohol, drugs, or other substances.

  7. Behavioral Changes: Noticing significant changes in your behavior, such as eating or sleeping patterns.

  8. Feeling Stuck: Feeling like you're not making progress in your personal or professional life.

  9. Physical Symptoms: Unexplained physical symptoms that might be linked to emotional issues, like chronic headaches or stomach problems.

Finding the right therapist is crucial. Here's how to determine if you've found a good match:

  1. Comfort and Trust: You should feel comfortable and safe with your therapist. Trust is foundational.

  2. Listening and Empathy: Your therapist should listen actively and show genuine empathy and understanding.

  3. Non-judgmental: You should feel that your therapist is non-judgmental and respects your experiences and feelings.

  4. Challenging Yet Supportive: A good therapist will challenge you to grow and confront difficult issues, but in a supportive manner.

  5. Feedback and Communication: You should feel able to give feedback about your therapy sessions and communicate openly with your therapist.

  6. Progress: Over time, you should notice some form of progress or improvement in your situation or feelings.

It's also important to remember that therapy is a collaborative process, and you are an active participant. The work done between sessions is as important as the sessions themselves. If you feel your current therapist isn't the right fit, it's okay to seek out someone else who better meets your needs. Knowing what doesn't work for you can be just as valuable in finding what does.

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