You may be asking if counseling is right for you, or someone you love. Are you seeking to . . .
Psychotherapy can be an extremely helpful tool in all of the circumstances above. Often, people are unsure of whether therapy is "right" for them, or if their problems are "bad enough" to warrant therapy. Most people who seek counseling are experiencing ordinary life and relationship problems that just don't seem to be improving satisfactorily. In truth, it is often better to seek therapy earlier in order to "head off" some unnecessary problems--and pain--rather than wait so late that there is no question about whether help is warranted. By the time people ask themselves whether they could benefit from therapy--the answer is usually yes.
Working on a problem alone, or with family, friends, or co-workers, is usually our first line of defense. Examining our own problems--and having a support system--are huge aids that often get us through tough times. But sometimes what we typically do just isn't enough. When your efforts don't seem to be working, or when family and friends don't seem to help in spite of their efforts, additional action is advisable. A trained professional can offer support and guidance in a way that clarifies your needs and an appropriate path in the face of confusion and conflict. Experiences suggesting professional support is the next step include:
These are just some of the circumstances that suggest it's time to seek therapy. And remember--when it comes to improving or fine-tuning your life and your happiness--pro-active is better!