Q: How do I know if I should go to a Psychotherapist, or deal with my problem by myself with the help of my friends?
A: Overwhelmed, confused, unable to cope? Do any of the following seem familiar?
1. THIS IS NOT GETTING BETTER! If you have suffered a significant loss, temporary depression is normal. If it seems unending, you think of hurting yourself, and you take no pleasure in life, you could benefit from professional counselling.
2. HERE WE GO AGAIN! Is this one of many relationships that began well but has become just like the others? We frequently repeat patterns that we have learned, until, with professional counselling, we are helped to recognize, understand, and change them.
3. BUT IT’S ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY! If the problem began in childhood, you will need help. Children of alcoholics, survivors of childhood trauma or abuse, deal daily with issues that affect every aspect of their lives and hampers happiness.
4. I CAN’T TELL THEM THAT–AND BESIDES, THEY WILL TAKE SIDES! Some subjects are too personal to share with friends or family while others need unbiased, objective guidance and knowledge of a professional psychotherapist.