The most common reasons to start short-term therapy

It is often difficult to determine the magnitude of the challenge or what would be helpful in a particular situation. You don’t have to know that yourself. Our skilled psychologists who provide short-term therapy can recommend further steps for you during the initial session – often just one or a few sessions are enough to untangle the knots. You can read more about short-term therapy here.

You can come to short-term therapy anytime

You can start short-term therapy right away, no referral is needed. Often, you can get the first appointment as soon as the next day or at least within the same week. During the initial session, the therapist will listen to your situation and assess how to proceed in your case.

Below are some common reasons to schedule an initial appointment for short-term therapy

Feeling burnt out?


The joy and pleasure have disappeared from life. You feel constantly tired, with cynical thoughts racing through your mind, and your professional self-esteem is lost. Perhaps work has taken up too much space in your life. After a workday, you feel drained and lack the energy for anything enjoyable.

You want to break free, but you don’t know where to start on your own.


Through working on burnout, you will learn to understand how you ended up in this situation, what lies behind your exhaustion, and how you can build a more meaningful, vibrant life that suits you, both at work and at home.

Life is a constant performance?


Do you feel like nothing is ever enough? You should have a great career, be an excellent parent, have a captivating partner, and your home should look like it was taken straight out of a home decor magazine? There’s always room for improvement in what you do, and even others’ actions don’t meet your criteria?

Life has become a constant race. Even enjoyable things have been left behind or have become tasks themselves.


Does an internal taskmaster, an inner demanding voice, reside within you? Welcome to the session, along with your taskmaster. In short-term therapy for a performance-oriented life, we help you recognize your own thought patterns and behaviors and help you understand why you’ve needed a taskmaster. Together, we’ll learn gentler ways to approach yourself and your actions.

Feeling depressed?


Feelings of sadness and hopelessness have become quite familiar to you. Or perhaps nothing seems to feel right anymore. You’re tired, unable to sleep, or feel like sleeping all the time.

Life is not all sunshine and rainbows, but if your mood has been low for several weeks, it’s worth addressing. The deeper depression sets in over time, the more effort it takes to break free from it.


We can help you explore depression in a safe and constructive way. Together, we will identify factors, thoughts, and behaviors that contribute to and maintain depression. We’ll examine how relationships impact your life and well-being. We’ll work together to find concrete strategies for lifting your mood and contemplate the kind of life you want to live.

In crisis?


This service is a mental first aid package for you who are currently in crisis.

Perhaps you or someone close to you has experienced an accident, illness, or a violent event? Maybe you’ve lost your job or an important relationship has ended.


You will find an empathetic person with whom you can walk the path you deem necessary. A person who understands the sometimes peculiar workings of the human mind in the face of unexpected situations, both as a compassionate individual and a professional.

Feeling nervous?


Do social situations feel overwhelming? Does nervousness and anticipating others’ thoughts drain too much of your energy? Does staying at home seem easier?

Anxiety often goes hand in hand with high expectations. Maybe you demand too much from yourself? Or do you think others expect a lot from you?


Avoidance is a natural but deceptive reaction to any kind of pain, including psychological pain like anxiety. That’s why this package focuses on recognizing all the things you’re avoiding and how it impacts your life in the long run, in addition to addressing your high expectations. We help you strengthen your skills for living a fulfilling life.

Obsessive thoughts?


Is your mind filled with obsessive thoughts? Do you seek reassurance through repetitive actions? Too much time and energy are spent on performing rituals, preventing you from focusing on meaningful aspects of your life.


We offer help in breaking free from the grip of compulsions and living a life that aligns with your values. Through our work together, you can regain control over your life, where you can engage in activities that are important to you without being controlled by compulsions. It may not be possible to completely silence the voice of obsessions, but is it possible to somehow make peace with that voice? Or at least reach a ceasefire?

Is it for us?


Is this the kind of relationship I want to be in? Do we have enough tools to continue our journey together?

No matter how much we may want it, unfortunately, a relationship is not just about good vibes and smooth sailing.

A functional relationship is not the same as a problem-free relationship. In a good relationship, couples have the skills to share and handle problems and unpleasant emotions. In a secure relationship, love can grow through the process of addressing challenges, and both individuals can grow as individuals.

We bring to our relationships the models of thinking and behavior we learned in our childhood families. When we understand our history, we can also build for change.


In the couples therapy package, guided by a compassionate therapist, you will have the opportunity to explore fundamental reflections and exercises either individually or with your partner. These activities aim to enhance mutual understanding and connection.

Feeling like an inadequate parent?


You’re feeling like a terrible parent again… Despite your good intentions, the situation escalated to the point where you can’t proudly describe your actions in the face of your child’s tantrums or needs.

Sometimes situations in the family escalate due to a child’s neuropsychological sensitivities.

Research has provided quite precise information on how parents should act in challenging situations with their children.



With the help of a compassionate, non-judgmental professional, you will learn to help yourself cope more calmly and wisely in tricky situations.

In addition to empathy, we will share with you the most important insights that will help you strengthen your connection with your child/adolescent and find new joy in parenting.

Losing your temper?


Do you find yourself repeatedly in situations where you lose your temper?

Do you feel that you act impulsively or do things that you might later regret? Have your relationships suffered from your “explosions” or how you’ve acted in moments of anger?

Aggression is an emotion that often communicates our needs or can help us pursue things that are important to us.

However, uncontrolled behavior driven by aggression can have a negative impact on everyday life and relationships.


In short-term therapy, you can delve deeper with a trusted professional to explore your feelings of aggression, the other emotions underlying them, and the backgrounds of your behavioral patterns. We’ll help you increase your understanding of what prompts you to behave in harmful ways and support you in practicing new, responsible, and values-aligned ways of acting and expressing your emotions.

How do I define myself?


Sometimes, sexual and/or gender identity raises questions. You may wonder what femininity or masculinity means to you. Or you may be puzzled about who actually sparks romantic or sexual interest in you. Perhaps you’re contemplating ways to strengthen your understanding of yourself and gain more self-confidence.

Sometimes, your own body may feel unfamiliar and cause distress. Gender-affirming processes can greatly improve quality of life and well-being for many individuals, but they also involve various concerns and challenges.

In these situations, you don’t have to face it alone! Diversity expands perspectives, helps us understand each other, and, on the other hand, accept our differences. At its best, gender and sexual identity can be a strong resource and the foundation of self. However, reflecting on one’s own sexual and/or gender identity can sometimes feel challenging.


Sateenkaariterapia (Rainbow Therapy) offers you the opportunity to navigate your situation with a professional who is well-versed in the subject matter and sensitively challenges normativity regarding sexual and gender identity, as well as relationships and family structures.

  • Through shared conversation and reflection, you can enhance your self-awareness.
  • Through the process, you will also discover ways to positively impact your mental well-being.
  • By safely confronting even challenging thoughts and feelings, you will find opportunities to strengthen compassionate self-thinking.
  • You will receive support for your important relationships in life.
  • During our sessions, we can also explore the influence of external pressures on you and practice strategies to strengthen meaningful relationships in your life.

Support is also available for the loved ones of individuals belonging to sexual or gender minorities, as well as for parents who are reflecting on their child’s gender experience.

Neuropsychiatric challenges?


Do you feel like you’re constantly fumbling or receiving negative feedback from your environment? It’s difficult for you to concentrate and complete tasks. Perhaps you often feel irritable, restless, or exhausted? Do you find yourself getting into unnecessary conflicts in relationships?


The goal of neuropsychiatric short-term therapy is to support everyday functioning in a comprehensive way and provide tools for your toolbox. You’ll receive assistance with structuring daily life, managing life, understanding interpersonal situations, increasing self-awareness, and regulating your own stress. We’ll help you discover your strengths and utilize them in everyday life.

Neuropsychiatric short-term therapy is specifically intended for individuals with neuropsychological difficulties. Sometimes it’s not until adulthood that one becomes aware of their own tendencies, for example, when their child receives a diagnosis. Other times, there may already be previous diagnoses such as ADHD, various degrees of autism spectrum disorders, Tourette’s syndrome, or learning difficulties.

Our experts are equally capable of guiding you as a parent if you’re seeking more tools to support and assist your child with neuropsychological challenges.

Bipolar disorder?


Do you feel like your moods fluctuate seasonally? Has bipolar disorder turned your life upside down? Has the diagnosis brought up many painful questions? What does this mean for you? And for your family? Can you still work as you did before? What do other people think of you now? How will you manage in the future?


Working during periods of mild symptoms is crucial in alleviating the course of your illness and supporting your ability to function. The focus of treatment is to prevent new mood episodes and take into account how the episodes specifically manifest for you and their impact. At Shortum, we offer assistance through three different treatment paths:

  • Monitoring Path: We will track your mood and explore factors that influence it. You will receive information about bipolar disorder and its treatment. We will also address adaptation to life with the illness and, if necessary, involve your loved ones in the process.
  • Therapeutic Path: We will delve deeper into the impact and significance of your illness and explore associated emotional experiences. We will meet with your loved ones and provide support in navigating the situation.
  • Neurocognitive Path: The psychologist will conduct an assessment of your cognitive functions, based on which a rehabilitation plan will be developed in collaboration with you. If needed, we will work together with your workplace and occupational health services.

In Shortum, it is also possible to combine elements from different paths according to your needs.

Are you having trouble sleeping?


Even a small amount of sleep deprivation can take a toll on your well-being. Research shows that lack of sleep can cause symptoms similar to depression: memory problems, difficulty concentrating, and low mood.

It’s important to address insomnia early on!


In this well-designed package, you will learn how to ensure a good night’s sleep for yourself. Quality sleep helps with recovery, provides a foundation for daily challenges, and is an essential part of performance. Sleep training can be challenging at times but has been proven to be effective.

Are you exercising too intensely?


Have you ever stopped to listen to the dialogue you have with yourself when you’re working out?

Do you criticize yourself harshly if you miss a workout? Or how do you strive to achieve the desired training performance – through self-blame or encouragement?


You can also seek short-term therapy for issues related to exercise and training. The goal is to support you in finding balance with exercise.

Low self-esteem?


Do you criticize yourself as being inadequate or not good enough? Do you closely monitor how others perceive you and ruminate over past situations? Do you hold back from expressing your opinions, or even believe that your opinion doesn’t matter?

People differ in their genetic predispositions towards shyness, boldness, introversion, or extroversion. The modeling and support from parents also influence how we perceive the world and express ourselves. While we cannot change our genes, we can change our attitude towards ourselves and the importance we give to others’ opinions or remarks.


We can help you listen to yourself, discover your strengths, and find natural ways to express yourself. Above all, we aim to assist you in developing an appreciative, kind, or at the very least, neutral attitude towards yourself.