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Is Therapy The Right Choice For You?

725521_70463323Wondering if therapy is right for you? Here are some of the possible reasons to consider seeing a skilled and compassionate therapist.

When should you consider therapy? There is no one right answer, but if you have frequent and/or ongoing instances of the following, you should get an evaluation from a skilled psychotherapist [or other knowledgeable support person such as your spiritual counselor]. He may also refer you to a medical doctor, if indicated. If you suspect a medical condition is causing your symptoms, then get an evaluation from a psychiatrist or other medical doctor first.

 Sadness/depression (the “blues”)
 Any overwhelming or ongoing fear
 Anxiety/extreme tension
 Nervousness
 Hysteria
 Memory problems
 Overwhelming guilt
 Scattered or confused thinking
 Overwhelming suspiciousness or hostility
 Strange or bizarre thoughts
 Anger/impulse control (you become easily upset and lash out verbally or physically)
 Identity problems (questions about sexuality, what is the meaning of [my] life,
confusion about long-term goals, career choices, group loyalties, friendships)
 Spirituality problems (moral, religious, and spiritual questions and issues, cult
membership, etc.)

Life Stress Checklist

If you believe that any of the following life stressors are causing any of the symptoms from the Symptom Checklist (or other related or unusual symptoms), you may want to see a psychotherapist. If you are feeling that you are in crisis and have thoughts of harming yourself or others, you should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room and notify a trusted friend or family member.

 Death of a family member
 Divorce
 Marriage (yes, even the good things in life cause stress)
 Terminal illness (one’s own or that of a family member)
 Physical incapacitation, chronic pain, or chronic illness
 Drug or alcohol abuse by self or family member
 Mental illness of self or family member
 Loss of job or job change
 Moving house
 Change of school (for children, but can be adults too)
 Relationship/relational problems (unable to get along with spouse, family, friends,
 Academic problems (poor grades, inability to retain information, problems with
teachers, deadlines)
 Occupational problems (lateness, absences, problems with boss, coworkers)
 Victim of abuse
 Victim of crime
 Criminal/abusive actions of self or family member
 Extreme loneliness/lack of community membership or friendships
Excerpted from Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better and Move On by Richard Zwolinski and C.R. Zwolinski.


Is Therapy The Right Choice For You?

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC is the author of Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On Without Wasting Time or Money and is licensed in addiction and psychotherapy with over 25 years experience as well as a consultant to organizations and companies in the fields of mental health and addiction. He is the executive director of an outpatient behavioral health program. Learn more about Richard here.

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& C.R. Zwolinski, R. (2014). Is Therapy The Right Choice For You?. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 5, 2020, from


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