Seeking Psychological Services
decision to seek counseling or psychotherapy can be a difficult one for
many people and choosing a psychologist can be a daunting task. The
client and therapist partnership must "click together" or really work in
order for it to succeed. There must be a connection, an atmosphere of
respect, support, trust and caring. The search for understanding can
bring insight, healing, growth, positive transformation, increased
creativity and a greater potential for happiness.
Psychotherapy is a process of discovery and a learning process.
It is a partnership between an
individual (or couple or family) and a professional who is licensed and
trained to help people understand their feelings and assist them with
developing healthier, more effective patterns of behavior.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one-third
of adults in the United States experience an emotional or substance
abuse problem. Nearly 25% of the adult population suffers at some point
from depression or anxiety. Many do not even recognize that they have a
condition that can be treated very effectively.
Consider therapy if:
- You feel an overwhelming and prolonged
sense of helplessness and sadness, and your problems do not seem to
get better despite your efforts and help from family and friends.
- You are finding it difficult to carry out
everyday activities. For example, you are unable to concentrate on
schoolwork, or assignments at work.
- You find yourself continuously worrying or
are constantly "on edge".
- Your behaviors are harmful to yourself or
to others. For example, you may be
drinking alcohol excessively, or becoming argumentative or overly