Theodor Reik Clinical Center A THERAPY REFERRAL SERVICE OF NPAP / (212) ANALYST
Is Therapy For Me?
People seek therapy for many different reasons. These are some of the ways
people describe why they seek therapy. Your reasons may seem similar
or different. But whatever your reasons are, we’ll want to try
to help you with them.
Some people seek therapy because of ways they feel: I’m
depressed . . anxious . . . angry . . . fearful . . . I feel confused
. . . worried . . . hopeless . . . overwhelmed.
Some people seek therapy because of how they feel about themselves: I
feel insecure . . . inferior to others . . . shy . . . lonely . . . I feel
angry at myself . . . bad about myself . . . I’m disappointed in
Some people seek therapy because of disturbing symptoms: I
have panic attacks . . . nightmares . . . insomnia . . . rages . . . crying
spells . . . compulsions . . . obsessions . . . mood swings.
Some people seek therapy because of problems in their relationships: I’m
having trouble with my romantic partner . . . with my spouse . . . with
my children . . . parents . . . co-workers . . . with my friends . . .
My romantic relationships never last . . . No one understands me . . .
I can’t seem to get along with anybody at all.
Some people seek therapy because they can’t stop behaving
in ways that they know are not good for them: I’m
struggling with my alcohol use . . . with drug abuse . . . with trying
to control my eating . . . with unsafe sex. . . with abuse from my spouse
Some people seek therapy because they are burdened by pain from
the past: I grew up in a dysfunctional family . . .
I lost a parent to an early death . . . My parents divorced . . . I was
always scapegoated by my peers . . . by my family . . . I was emotionally
abused . . . I suffered physical abuse . . . sexual abuse.
Some people seek therapy because of issues related to their identity: I’m
having trouble with my sexual identity . . . with my religious identity
. . . with my ethnic identity . . . with my spirituality.
Some people seek therapy because of issues related to their stage
of life: I’m facing life as a young adult on my
own for the first time . . . as a single parent . . . as a divorced person
. . . as a parent with an “empty nest” . . . as an aging person
. . . as a caretaker of elderly parents . . . as someone facing retirement.
Some people seek therapy because they’re having trouble coping
with hard times: I’m out of work . . . I’ve
been diagnosed with a serious illness . . . Someone I love has died . .
. I’m getting a divorce . . . I’m failing my classes.
Some people seek therapy because of problems in their creative pursuits: I’m
blocked in my writing . . . I have stage fright . . . I can’t get
it together to audition . . . I can’t seem to be able to network.
Some people seek therapy because of an overall dissatisfaction with
their lives: I’m unhappy . . . adrift . . . stuck
. . . going nowhere . . . unfulfilled . . . I keep repeating the same mistakes
. . . I’m hurting, but I don’t know exactly why.
And some people go into therapy not because they are troubled, but because they
want to learn more about themselves, to explore
as-yet unexplored regions of their minds, and because they understand
that therapy can be an exciting way to enhance their lives.