Could Therapy Be Right For You

Circle yes or no in response to each question. Please note that yes and no are not always in the same position.
Column 1
Column 2
Yes
No
Is there anyone who knows and cares about all or almost all the significant events in your life?
No
Yes
Do you feel as though you’re living life behind an invisible screen, unable to truly connect with anyone or anything?
Yes
No
Is there at least one person you talk to at least once a week who really understands or almost understands all your feelings?
No
Yes
Is there anything you feel you can’t or mustn’t tell anyone?
Yes
No
Do you feel comfortable crying in front of the person or people you love the most?
No
Yes
Have you recently suffered any kind of serious emotional wound, such as the loss of a job or a loved one?
No
Yes
Have you benefited from therapy in the past and recently felt wistful about it, missing that kind of reliable support?
No
Yes
Do you have unexpected negative emotional reactions or others’ behavior toward you, such as feeling shame when you are praised or anxiety when you are loved?
No
Yes
Does your fear of others’ disapproval dominate your choices?
Yes
No
Are you able to freely express love to your family and friends?
No
Yes
Are you lonely even if-or especially when – you’re with a group of people?
No
Yes
Do you have to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs in order to be open about your thoughts and emotions?
If your answers are all in column 1 you can probably live a long happy life without ever seeing a professional counselor. If one or more of your answers falls in column 2 – that’s right, even one – you could benefit by visiting a good therapist.