Use this brief, time-saving questionnaire to help determine if you need to see a mental health professional for further diagnosis and treatment of a life problem or issue. Psychotherapy is a common treatment for mental disorders, and is generally safer with fewer side effects than psychiatric medications. Most people benefit from therapy treatment, although the first therapist you start with may not be the one you end up. This quiz can help you determine whether you may need help for a concerning life issue.

Instructions

The 12 items below refer to how you have felt and behaved DURING THE PAST MONTH. For each item, indicate the extent to which it is true, by checking the appropriate box next to the item.

This online screening is not a diagnostic tool. Only a trained medical professional, like a doctor or mental health professional, can help you determine the next best steps for you.

Psychotherapy is known by many names, such as talk therapy, counseling, or just plain therapy. Whatever it’s called, it’s the process of talking through a problem or concern in one’s life, and working with a trained professional to find new ways of thinking, feeling, or behaving toward that problem. Often this involves changing the way a person thinks or behaves, through a process of observation and journaling. Once understood, the behavior or thoughts can be gradually changed over time through a series of scientifically-sound therapeutic techniques.

Psychotherapy is a safe and effective process, and usually carries fewer side effects than psychiatric medications. While both can be used to treat mental disorders, therapy teaches a person a series of skills and new ways of coping and behaving that can be carried throughout their life, long after the therapy has ended. Psychotherapy is usually conducted once a week for approximately 45-50 minutes in a therapist’s office, with both the client and professional sitting facing each other while talking.

Psychotherapy is usually affordable, as it is a covered treatment under most people’s health insurance plan. Affordable, convenient alternatives, such as online therapy, are also available if a person cannot get to see a therapist on a weekly basis.

Learn more: An Introduction to Psychotherapy

Learn more: Understanding Different Approaches to Psychotherapy

If you’re ready to give therapy or counseling a try, check out our free therapist directory to find a therapist you can start working with today.