When should I see a clinical psychologist?

People often consider psychological therapy, also known as therapy, psychotherapy or counselling, when:

  • They feel an overwhelming and prolonged sense of sadness and helplessness, and they lack hope in their lives
  • Their emotional difficulties make it hard for them to function from day to day. For example, they are unable to concentrate on assignments and their job performance suffers as a result
  • Their actions are harmful to themselves or to others. For instance, they drink too much alcohol and become overly aggressive
  • They are troubled by emotional difficulties facing family members or close friends