Do I need a therapist?

Yes.  I believe that almost everybody could benefit from a little counseling.  Who couldn't use a quiet, safe, confidential place to explore the tumultuous events of life?  Most people usually seek therapy only after an issue has become truly serious.  I suggest that everybody begin and retain a relationship with a counselor so as to be prepared for the inevitable challenges of life.  It is like finding a doctor in your area so that if you get ill, you will know where to go.  In a sense, this is what medical professionals call preventative care.  Most Californians generally do not go to the doctor when they feel healthy but this opinion is beginning to change however, as medical professionals realize that preventative care plays a crucial part in healthy living. 

We Californians recognize the importance of this concept when it comes to our cars, however, and many of us change the oil in our cars every few thousand miles in an effort toward maintaining the safety of our vehicles. 

With this analogy in mind, I suggest that everybody retain a relationship with a counselor so as to be prepared for the inevitable challenges of life.  If not only to change the emotional oil but to also have a counseling relationship in place for when things might break down and require more serious attention. 

Counseling takes time, and many people do not feel immediate relief.  Most clients describe that therapy seeps slowly into you and usually without you noticing.  Things just seem and feel better.  Read more on my anwer to: What do I do in Therapy?