Do I Need Psychotherapy Or Counseling Services?
Do I need psychotherapy or counseling? Or only if I am “mentally ill”?
No. Most people who come for psychotherapy or counseling are ordinary people who are just like you and me.
We all face various uncertainties, regrets, disappointments, loneliness, and experience meaninglessness in life. That is why we need to know more about ourselves, seek support, help, and overcome obstacles to growth.
How Do I Tell If I Need Psychotherapy/Counseling?
When your concerns and issues in life have already created a negative impact on your life and work. You can observe such signs, such as a lack of appetite, insomnia, difficulty in getting up, difficulty in concentrating, depression and irritability, and impairments in your relationships and work, etc.
Psychotherapy and counseling is a very effective way to help a person understand themselves. If you are willing to explore more about your relationships, career, family, and relationships, psychotherapy/counseling can bring change to you and your life.
In fact, when you feel that you need help, it’s the right time to seek help.
Should I Look For A Psychiatrist Or A Clinical Psychologist/Counselor?
A psychiatrist is capable of prescribing medication; while a clinical psychologist/counselor is an expert for conversational therapy/counseling. Below are two factors to consider when deciding which one to seek out:
- Severe mental illness
Most of the time, during the onset of mental illnesses and when an individual’s social functioning is severely impaired, psychiatric medication plays a key role in stabilizing the situation.
However, studies have shown that the most effective way of treatment is to work together with both psychiatrists and clinical psychologists/counselors. If an individual only relies on medications to treat their mental illness, it would have a higher risk of facing a relapse. Simultaneously participating in psychotherapy/counseling while having medication can help reduce the recurrence rate.
- General mental illness/growth issues:
It is best to seek help from a clinical psychologist/counselor if you face such issues. The mental health professional will also assess the conditions of the clients and recommend a visit to the hospital/psychiatry department if necessary.
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