Do I Need Therapy?

Are you struggling with a mental health condition, emotional difficulties, or finding it challenging to adjust to a significant life change? Therapy can help. Everyday life stressors can leave us feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Therapy teaches people skills to cope with old, new, or recurring problems and build healthy habits to manage symptoms of mental health issues. Use this quiz to find out if you should consult a mental health counselor.

Do I Need Therapy?

This interactive tool can help you determine whether you need therapy. When the usual coping strategies such as talking to friends, journaling, or mindfulness don’t make you feel better anymore, it may be highly beneficial to seek professional help.

Although this tool is not for diagnosis, it may help you find out whether you should seek help from your doctor.

Do I Need Therapy?

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1. Do you struggle with unhealthy coping habits such as substance misuse or other risky behaviors?

Therapy is not only meant for people diagnosed with mental health conditions. In therapy, people learn to identify their feelings, why they are experiencing them, and how to cope with them. People struggling with major challenges such as losing a loved one, trauma, or suicidal thoughts can benefit from therapy as it creates a safe space to share and receive professional feedback.

If time, lifestyle changes, or the support of loved ones does not alleviate the feeling of overwhelm, burnout, or distress, it may be time to talk to a licensed therapist.


How you answer the questions will determine your score. Your results will appear as one of the following:

Pass: You will highly benefit from professional assistance. 

Fail: You may not need therapy right now. 

As with all check-up tools, this tool gives you a place to start. Remember that a pass score does not necessarily mean you do not need therapy. Also, a fail score does not always mean you need to call a licensed therapist immediately. However, using this tool is not a substitute for a thorough evaluation by a therapist.

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