serious enough for counselling

Are My Concerns “Serious Enough” For Counselling?

To some, this may seem like a silly question, though to others, this is a serious concern. If you’re worried that your difficulties aren’t “serious enough” for professional help – keep reading.

Firstly, no problems are too big nor too small. More commonly than you may think, people are reluctant to engage in psychological sessions due to the thought that “other people have it worse”. Additionally, a common view is “but I have a good network, a stable job, I shouldn’t be unhappy”.

People can be very quick to discredit their thoughts and emotions based on what they think they “should” be feeling.  In reality though, it can be very helpful to acknowledge that we are likely to be experiencing these feelings for a reason. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to have a clinical diagnosis benefit from receiving psychological strategies.  Similarly, it’s usually better to seek some help before things escalate and before our difficulties get bigger.

So, what problems can an experienced psychologist help me with?

The list is quite exhaustive, but some of the common reasons include:

  • Depression, sadness, loss of motivation
  • Anxiety
  • Stress and worry
  • Life transitions
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship counselling
  • Trauma counselling
  • Sexual assault counselling
  • Post-natal depression
  • Anger management
  • Phobias
  • Adjustment issues
  • Burn out, work related issues, bullying

While these are some of the common reasons people look for a good psychologist, you don’t have to fall into these categories to begin counselling.  Maybe you’re just not feeling yourself, or perhaps you’ve been going through a difficult time and could do with some advice and some good coping strategies or ways to feel better.

It’s also important to remember that you aren’t locked into a certain amount of sessions when you begin counselling – it’s your journey.

If you are experiencing something which has made you consider engaging in some counselling or a guide to booking your first psychological appointment, call us on 9877 9179 to discuss ways that our psychologists may be able help you get back on the right track.


At Laburnum Psychology we have a team of six psychologists who have each been recruited for their strong clinical and inter-personal skills.  They will work to ensure that you feel comfortable and safe throughout your sessions, and as you work toward your goals. 

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