HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED THERAPY?
Some people believe that therapy is only for people who have "something wrong" with them? maybe people with severe mental problems or at least a psychiatric diagnosis of some sort. In short, some people think that things have to be really bad before they would ever consider seeing a psychologist. This attitude is problematic, in my opinion, because it perpetuates the illogical and dogmatic assumptions that contribute to stigmatisation with regard to seeking out mental health services; it may also prevent a person from being able to relieve a small problem before it turns into a bigger one. Addressing an issue early on helps to build psychological resilience and promotes overall well-being.
In my opinion, going to therapy is pretty normal, though the cultural climate in the Maritimes still holds onto some traditional assumptions and beliefs that make it hard for most of us to see it that way. I think that nearly everyone can benefit from therapy at some time in their lives. If you are having a difficult time coping in your everyday life, if you are feeling overwhelmed, excessively anxious or depressed, or if you are struggling with maladaptive patterns of interaction within your interpersonal relationships, chances are, you could benefit from therapy.