How do you know if you need therapy?
Firstly, it is important to remember that therapy is sought for different reasons. Therapy can be a process for recovery from a mental health disorder or as a way of promoting wellness and greater life satisfaction. Therapy is also an option to repair or enhance a marriage or relationship.
If you are wondering whether or not you should seek therapy, here are some signs that therapy can help you.
Seeking therapy for treatment of a mental health issue
- You are concerned about your use of alcohol or other substances, or you are using substances to cope with difficult emotions or stress.
- You are struggling with loneliness, anxiety, sadness. This one may seem obvious, but since we all go through emotional up’s and downs, how do we know if our downs are outside the normal range? If your emotions are interfering with your ability to function at work or at home, you may need to seek help. If the number of days you feel sad or angry are increasing, and your moods are interfering with your quality of life (and perhaps your families as well) this is more than just “a bad day” this is a sign you should seek help.
- You are experiencing obsessive thoughts and fears that are severe enough to interfere with your daily functioning or are causing a significant amount of stress. If this is happening, you may have an anxiety disorder. Therapy can help, learning skills (cognitive and behavioral) will help reduce your anxiety and/or obsessions.
- If you are experiencing difficult and challenging relationships in your personal life or with employers, and these patterns keep repeating, therapy can be very useful in helping you overcome these difficulties. We are social beings and relationships are the source of our greatest pleasure as well as our most significant pain. Therapy can help with relationships and will provide you with useful insight into your own patterns of behavior as well as skills for relating with people.
Seeking therapy for wellness
If you feel stuck or are continually experiencing low-grade unhappiness and general discontent, counseling could be helpful for you. A therapist can provide insights, unconditional support, advice, and encouragement you may not find in your personal or professional work relationships.
Therapy for the purposes of self-improvement can help you work through issues that you may not even know are holding you back. Therapy doesn’t have to be associated with just mental illness,. Low-level challenges that interfere with your happiness can be addressed as well.
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