The decision to see a therapist is a very personal one, most often made at a time of great stress or emotional pain. You may wish to consider therapy if you or someone close to you is experiencing: self-esteem issues depression or mood swings stress or anxiety problems with drugs or alcohol loneliness excessive anger, frustration, or guilt communication problems constant worries or obsessions relationship concerns stress in the face of chronic or life threatening illness school problems job concerns life event concerns: marriage, divorce, parenthood, step-family issues, empty nest, retirement, old age issues of sexuality or sexual identity problems following traumatic events struggling with the after-effects of childhood abuse domestic violence or other forms of abuse. The decision to pick up the phone and ask for help is often difficult. An experienced therapist knows this and can help put you at ease and answer your questions. Whatever your reasons for seeking therapy, s/he will listen to your concerns and help you decide upon the most appropriate course of action.