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Is it time to go to therapy?

  • anonymous Asks ...
    anonymous

    I am not a happy person. How do I know if I need therapy or not?

  • Dr. Lani Chin Says ...
    Dr. Lani Chin

    Thanks for your post.  You haven't given me a lot of information to work with, but I'll do my best to answer your question. 

    When people come to see me for treatment, they do the best when they're ready for treatment.  When people come because their parent, sibling, partner, or friend wants them to come they usually drop out.  It's important for you to think about why you want to come to therapy, what "feeling better" means to you and how committed do you feel to getting better.  If you are on the fence about getting better or being engaged in treatment, it will not work out.  It might be helpful for you to call some therapists in your area and have a phone consultation about their approach to therapy and how they feel they might be able to help you.  This would give you a better idea if you're ready for treatment or not.  If you're in the Los Angeles area, I would be happy to speak with you about this: www.drlanichin.com

    Good luck.

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