How to know if you need therapy? (and other questions you asked our psychologists) - The Indigo Project

How do I know if I need therapy? and more FAQs

“How do you know if you need therapy?” “What are some helpful tips to increase self-worth?” “How do you know if therapy is working?” We took your queries to a few of our most popular therapists here at The Indigo Project and here’s what they had to say…

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How do you know if you need therapy? And how do you find the right therapist?

Therapy isn’t just about about what’s going wrong. Much like exercising for your physical health, therapy can be a preventative measure to safeguard your psychological health. Don’t let the “My problems aren’t bad enough” story you might tell yourself stop you.

Finding the right therapist can take time. So if you feel like you don’t click with someone straight away – don’t give up! Start by chatting to your GP for recommendations and focus on finding a therapist who believes in you, believes in what they do (thanks to science) and that the work you’re doing together feels right. (At Indigo, we also offer a Perfect Match Promise which means if you don’t click with your therapist first session, we’ll match you up with someone new and the second session is on us.)

Don’t let the “My problems aren’t bad enough” story (you might tell yourself) stop you. – Alex (Psychologist)

Tips for increasing self-worth?

  • To increase self-worth, firstly say goodbye to negative influences in your life and start investing in you. Focus on surrounding yourself with positive experiences, genuine people, and engaging in self-care activities and things you enjoy.
  • It is also important to acknowledge your successes. We often compare ourselves to the best aspects of others, but it is essential that we take the time to celebrate our own achievements and reflect on how far we have come.
  • Lastly, improve your self-worth by challenging your inner critic. When you notice negative thinking, call yourself out on it and remember that you are worthy. Remember that increasing self-worth is a process and requires lots of positive affirmations and support from yourself.

Remember that increasing self-worth is a process and requires lots of positive affirmations and support from yourself. – Anthea (Psychologist)

How do you know if therapy is working?

Therapy is working when you feel stuff. Sometimes that doesn’t always mean that you’re feeling good – it could mean that lots of challenging emotions are coming up. But you still could be feeling better. Generally, you notice therapy is working when you feel as though your perception of the world is different even though your external environment might remain the same. I think you also know it’s working when you can function differently in your life, so perhaps you’re more present for your relationships or more present with yourself – you’re taking a little bit more time for you. And you’re realising that you actually have a relationship with yourself – one that you can nurture and prioritise.

You’re realising that you actually have a relationship with yourself – one that you can nurture and prioritise. – Mary (Founder & Head Psychologist)

Tips to get over past difficulties

The “you” you are today is applying a more adult judgement on a younger version of yourself…” – Martha (Psychologist)

Indigo Psychologist Martha

Martha will be facilitating speed therapy for the soul on Saturday 22 June, to help explore What Makes You, You? In the 2-hour workshop you’ll explore the ins and outs of who you are, and work on cultivating greater personal insight and self-compassion.

What Makes You, You?

We get it. Therapy can seem scary, serious, and something only those who are really struggling need in their lives. But here at Indigo, we like to see therapy as a tool to help you become your very best self – at whatever stage you’re currently at. Learn more about some of our therapists by clicking on the name following their response above, or click here to meet everyone at Indigo!

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ANNEKE REIJMERINK
Clinical Psychologist

DAFNA KRONENTAL
Psychotherapist & Counsellor

LARA KOCIJAN
Clinical Psychologist