You Might Need Therapy If...
Have you ever wondered if therapy was right for you? Have you been considering taking the plunge and calling to schedule an appointment but something keeps holding you back? If so, you are not alone. It takes a lot of courage to make that call and show up to that appointment. Maybe you are unsure if therapy will help (it can!). Maybe you are afraid of what others might think if they find out you’re in therapy (valid!! But can we just normalize that #MentalHealthMatters already?). Despite what may be holding you back here are some common signs that it’s time to start therapy:
You might need therapy if...You don't feel like yourself.
Maybe you are experiencing excessive feelings of sadness or anger or maybe you are feeling hopeless or overwhelmed. When the same emotions keep showing up, it can be a sign that you are struggling with a mental health issue such as depression, or a sign that you are not processing your experiences and coping in a healthy way.
Not feeling like yourself could also mean no longer finding enjoyment in things you used to love. This can be a sign of depression which can be treated in therapy.
Changes in eating and sleeping habits can also be a sign that you are experiencing a mental health issue, and can contribute to no longer feeling like yourself.
You might need therapy if...You have experienced a loss.
Whether you are coping with the death of a loved one, or you are experiencing another form of grief from a divorce or breakup, therapy can be a helpful way to process your loss, cope with the hard emotions, and adjust to your new normal.
You might need therapy if...You are going through life changes.
Any time you are going through life changes there are stressors and emotions that are inevitable. Therapy can be a place to receive support while you adjust.
You might need therapy if...You are isolated, feel lonely, or need more support.
If you are experiencing increased isolation or feelings of loneliness therapy can provide the support you need. Additionally, if you are avoiding social situations and/or experiencing difficulty connecting and being around others, therapy can be helpful for getting to the root of the issue.
You might need therapy if...You are constantly worried.
Worrying excessively not only impacts your mental health but has serious side effects on your physical health such as difficulty concentrating, fatigue, digestive problems, and nausea. If you are constantly feeling on edge therapy can give you a safe space to explore your anxiety and learn coping skills to manage it.
You might need therapy if...You have unhealthy behaviors such as abusing drugs/alcohol, excessive eating, using sex to cope, excessive spending, or gambling.
It’s no surprise that excessive alcohol and drug use is problematic, but even increased use can be a sign that you are using substances as a way to cope. When it comes to food, sex, and money, too much of a good thing can highlight behavior patterns where you have unhealthy coping. If you have any of these behaviors, therapy can help you get to the bottom of the issues driving you to utilize unhealthy coping mechanisms.
You might need therapy if...You have experienced trauma.
Trauma comes in all shapes and sizes. If you have experienced something traumatic, therapy can be especially helpful for creating a safe place to disclose and process that trauma. Types of trauma include (but are not limited to) domestic violence, community violence, sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, natural disasters, car accidents, unexpected or violent deaths, serious injuries, and life-threatening illnesses.
You might need therapy if...You are experiencing issues in your relationships.
There is extensive research out there showing that therapy can be beneficial for couples and families. If there is turmoil in your relationships with people who are important to you, it might be time to turn to therapy to help improve and strengthen your relationships.
You might need therapy if...You have excessive negative feelings and negative thoughts about yourself.
If your internal voice is a Negative Nellie it might be time to utilize therapy to learn how to rewire and adjust your internal dialogue.
You might need therapy if...What you have tried isn’t working.
When all else fails, it is time to turn to a professional. No matter what the problem may be, there is a therapist out there trained to assist you in meeting your goals.
You might need therapy if...You want to understand yourself better.
Therapy is a great way to learn more about yourself, your thoughts, and your feelings. If you want to understand yourself better and deepen your understanding of why you are the way you are, it might be time to start therapy!
You might need therapy if...You feel like you are at your breaking point.
If you are feeling hopeless and on the verge of breaking, it’s time to seek help. While therapists aren’t miracle workers, you do not have to suffer in silence. Therapists are here to support you through your darkest and hardest times. If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others, you should seek help immediately.
You might need therapy if...You are Human.
Life is hard and you deserve a break. Humans are social creatures and are designed to be in environments where they are supported. Therapy is designed to offer you support through whatever your goals may be.
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