Do I (Really) Need To See A Therapist?

Do I (Really) Need To See A Therapist?
08 July 2019
Seeking out help with your mental health isn’t an activity reserved for when something goes ‘wrong’. Rather, seeing a therapist on a regular basis can be good for you in several ways, even if you don’t feel like you need the help.

Let’s Get Objective

Your mental wellbeing is just as important as your physical health. Managing and maintaining good mental and physical health forms a solid foundation for your life, enabling you to keep up with the demands of your job, relationships, and other activities. Just as you go to your doctor for an annual checkup, it makes sense to visit a therapist to check on or manage your mental health too.

But There’s Nothing Wrong

There’s still much stigma around the act of visiting a therapist, and there really should not be. Visiting your therapist, whether for a specific purpose or not, is an act of taking care of your own health. If you are concerned about your mental health, a visit to your therapist can help you access specialist resources for any concerns, or disorders too. Big tip: if you’re covered by a medical aid, you are entitled to a particular amount of sessions, as designated by the Council for Medical Schemes’ Prescribed Minimum Benefits. Should you be diagnosed with a mental illness, a substantial part of your treatment may be covered too.

Setting Personal Goals

Perhaps a mental concern has not led you to a therapist’s door, but rather you’re looking for new ways to plan your life and set some goals. A therapist can help there too, by working with you to craft a plan, and figure out some defined objectives. A few sessions with a therapist could, for example, help you figure out why you might be enjoying your job, but considering a career change. They may also help you find new coping mechanisms for difficulties you’re facing, or help you smooth out any relationship worries you’re concerned about.

Seeking Treatment

Of course, if you do feel like you need help, ask your family doctor for guidance and a referral to a reliable, reputable therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist. Your doctor will be best suited to advise you on the type of therapist you need to see, and what your next steps should be.

LifeDoc Can Help

If you’re concerned about your mental health, book an appointment with your family doctor, or therapist as soon as possible. Make that appointment, and take your notes using LifeDoc™. You can also note any possible symptoms and experiences using LifeDoc™. LifeDoc ™ can help. LifeDoc ™ helps you take charge of your personal health information, remember medical appointments, and securely stores your personal medical history. Stay up to date with LifeDoc™ on Facebook and Twitter.