Do You Need Counselling?
Sometimes when the going gets tough, it is natural to wonder whether seeking counselling would help. However, people often wonder ‘how bad is it’: should they seek professional help right away or is a vacation all they need to feel refreshed?
We have created a simple assessment system that you will find below, and it will help you make a decision about this. Here’s a quick background of the concepts underlying the test to give you a perspective of what exactly we are trying to assess:
Assessing Your Subjective Wellbeing
The system that we have devised, relies on the concept of Subjective Wellbeing and tries to assess it. It basically refers to your feeling of wellness in the present and is an important indicator of whether or not you need counselling.
Subjective Wellbeing, in turn, is based on evaluation of two concepts:
Now, a mapping of both these concepts is needed, to help you understand how you experience your mental wellbeing.
And hence, we have devised two scales – one that helps you assess your Coping Score and the other, that will give you a Distress Score.
Once you take the tests, we will help you understand what your scores mean and how you can use them to make the decision of whether you need to come in for counselling.
Please note that your scores may be used for research purposes; however, your anonymity will be maintained throughout the process.
Mapping Your Scores
1. Start with your Distress Score, and move along the horizontal axis till the point where it corresponds with your score.
2. From this point, move upward, along the vertical axis using your Coping Score and stop accordingly. You would now have located a unique position on this plot, on the basis of both your scores.
3. You can now see which zone your score lies in, considering both – your experienced distress and your perceived coping.
4. Read the descriptions below to understand these plot points better.
5. Remember, that these 4 zones are not static, but dynamic. All of us keep moving throughout this plot and find ourselves in different zones, at different points in life.
The vertical meter below will help you see how your zone is placed on the continuum of Subjective Wellbeing.
We hope that this post helped you reflect upon your current state of wellbeing. If you find yourself in a zone that needs counselling, use the prompts below to navigate to pages on our website that are of relevance to you. You could also get in touch with us directly to us with questions, comments and insights.
Which of these statements comes closest to what is bothering you at present?