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How do I decide if I need to see a counselor?

There are times in our life when we need help making sense of issues or problems that make us feel overwhelmed. A trained mental health professional can offer a caring, non-judgmental support to help you explore, process and deal with your troubles.

Some of the issues that people seek help for include:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Hearing voices
  • Difficulty managing anger
  • Academic problems
  • Relationship difficulties including but not limited to domestic violence
  • Eating disorders
  • Job or school related stress
  • Adapting to a new environment
  • Bereavement
  • Sexual, physical or emotional abuse (past or present)
  • Coping with physical illness

It may be time to seek professional help when you:

  • Have trouble with your day-to-day activities
  • Feel depressed or sad most days
  • Feel like your anger is out of control
  • Cannot sleep at night on a regular basis
  • Find it increasingly difficult to get along with people
  • Cannot focus or concentrate and your schoolwork is suffering
  • Feel anxious most of the time or have panic attacks
  • Have intrusive thoughts you cannot get rid of
  • Hear voices
  • Entertain thoughts of hurting yourself or ending your life,
  • Have unexplained medical/physical problems that are bothering you
  • Have trouble making decisions