Do I Need Therapy?


Do I Need Therapy?Do I Really Need To See A Psychotherapist or Counsellor?

At some point in our life, most of us face a painful situation, difficult decision or change in our circumstances that we find hard to cope with. Both counselling and psychotherapy offer the chance to talk about these situations with a trained professional who will support you through difficult times, without taking sides, or judging you. He or she will help you explore the situation form all angles, help you decide what might be the best course of action , or simply just be someone who will listen to you.

How Will I Know if I Need Counselling or Psychotherapy?

The first step is to notice whether you are experiencing any of the following feelings or behaviours a good deal of the time:

  • Nervous
  • Unable to relax
  • Numb
  • Out of control
  • Shy
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Depressed
  • Drinking too much
  • Weepy
  • Misusing drugs (both prescribed and non-prescribed)
  • Anxious
  • Irritable
  • Desperate
  • Not feeling happy about yourself or your life
  • Unable to be with people or make friends
  • Sense of panic about specific situations

There are many more things that can be added to the list above – the rule is; if something or someone appears to be controlling you, then it might be suitable to look at in counselling or psychotherapy.

If you have a specific problem such as substance abuse or alcohol misuse, you may feel it appropriate to contact a counsellor who specializes in these areas. Otherwise, having contacted professional, he or she will spend some time with you assessing whether or not she/he is the best person to work with you and if so, what can be offered. Some professionals offer both counselling and psychotherapy, others just one of these services – if what you need cannot be provided, you will be referred to someone who is better qualified to help you.

I Don't Know What I Need From Counselling - Help Me!

In a strange way, deciding to start counselling or psychotherapy isn’t so very different from deciding to take a holiday in a previously unvisited location:

  • you know you want something different from what you’re used to…
  • but you haven’t a clue what’s on offer, or how to get the inside knowledge…so…
  • you have to rely on the recommendation of friends or family…or your travel agent.

While we see ourselves as practitioners of psychological therapies rather than agents, at The Therapy Hour, we do pride ourselves on working very hard to provide an individualized service which we think matches our clients needs. If we don’t think we can help you, we’ll say so and do our best to point you in the direction of someone who can.

We’re fortunate enough to have a very talented pool of counsellors and therapists who together bring a wealth of skills and experience to their work in a diverse range of therapeutic styles and issues. If you know you need or want change in your life, but aren’t sure what you need to make that change happen, email or call us to discuss what you’re looking for in more detail.