Take a Self Test
The answer to the question, "Do I need counseling?" is "It all depends".
For starters, ask yourself, "How emotionally uncomfortable am I?" If your answer is, "Only a little uncomfortable", then you may not need much more than a few consultation sessions to clarify some goals, or maybe do some problem solving with a professional. On the other hand, if your emotional discomfort involves a recent shift in sleep patterns or appetite, or you’ve experienced a recent change in your ability to focus on work, or if your personal relationships are strained, perhaps some brief form of therapy may be helpful.
- At times I feel stressed and anxious and don’t know what to do about it.
- Sometimes I feel down and I can’t seem to shake the feeling.
- I often feel as if my goals and the course of action to achieve them are not clear.
- Sometimes I have problems with a peer that I can’t handle.
- I find that I use alcohol or drugs in place of problem-solving.
- I often don’t know how to handle problems with my boyfriend or girlfriend.
- Sometimes I have problems controlling my anger.
- I frequently have difficulty balancing school and family responsibilities.
- I have trouble dealing effectively with persons in authority.
- If you answered "true" to any of these statements, it may be an indication that it’s time to speak to someone in the counseling office. With the help of a trained professional, you can explore ways to cope more effectively and prevent small problems from becoming larger ones.