How do I know if I (or someone I love) should see a psychologist?

Psychotherapy is recommended if a person is experiencing psychological distress that negatively affects his or her life in any of the following areas: relationships, work, school, health, sleep or appetite. Some examples of psychological distress include:

  • feeling sad
  • unhappy
  • depressed
  • anxious
  • nervous
  • tense
  • stressed
  • angry
  • out of control
  • overwhelmed by life and by decisions

A person in need of therapy may notice changes in mood or behaviors and may feel dissatisfied with life. You may have tried to deal with these problems on your own, but found that you or your loved one were not improving. If this is the case, psychotherapy may be helpful.