Starting psychotherapy can make sense:
- If your quality of life is significantly affected by mental problems such as uncontrollable mood swings, fears, or unusual thoughts and moods.
If you fear that you can no longer control your consumption of alcohol, drugs, or medicine or if you experience physical aftereffects as a consequence of your consumption; as a follow-up treatment after detoxification or as prevention of relapse.
If you suffer from on-going sleeping disorders, psychosomatic ailments, impacts of chronic diseases and medical treatment alone has not shown the desired effect.
If you experience difficulties in interacting with other people (e.g. conflicts, fears) or if you have sexual problems.
If you wish to continue therapy that you have started during (psychiatric) residential treatment at hospital (i.e. follow-up care or supporting the transition from clinical treatment to your daily routine).
You are likely to benefit from couples counselling:
If you experience conflicts or communication problems in your relationship, and you both want to put joint efforts into solving your problems.
If you encounter problems or pain during sexual intercourse, and thorough medical examination has ruled out any physical causes.
If you want to clarify whether you wish to continue or end your existing relationship.
If you are already determined to separate and are looking for options that keep damages to a minimum.
Important requirements for successful psychotherapy are your wish to change and your willingness to accept professional help in having a close look at your emotions and experiences. There is no age limit, and indeed, psychotherapy can be sensible at any age.