You may have been wondering – Do I need a therapist? Am I depressed? Should I be able to manage this on my own? Does this problem really warrant therapy? What will it say about me if I seek out therapy?
These questions are very normal to have as we live in a society that does not always encourage reaching out. However, we are as a society, starting to see value in counselling and therapy. We recognize how it can improve our quality of life, help us reach our goals, resolve issues and problems, and improve our lifestyle. It can help us learn to be happier and cope better with emotions. All of these are goals any of us will be proud to have. Yet, the illness paradigm makes us feel that need of a therapist is only for severe mental health problems. Yes, if you have been suffering severely, we are here to help you. However, if you want to work on well being, relationships or procrastination, we are here for you then as well.
Here is a checklist that can help you ascertain if you need a therapist. If one or more of these rings true to you, you are likely to benefit from counselling and therapy. Do reach out urgently if you have selected one or more statements in red or 3 or more in orange.