Psychotherapy, also known as speaking or talking therapy, counseling, or simply therapy, can be beneficial for individuals experiencing emotional distress, life difficulties, or mental health issues. Therapy can help alleviate the symptoms of a wide range of mental health issues. Additionally, in treatment, individuals learn how to manage symptoms that do not require immediate attention.
While the motives for seeking treatment differ as often as the individuals seeking help, they all stem from some anxiety or depression, which may be more apparent or subtle at times. Even when anxiety or depression are not the main reasons for seeking treatment, as they often are, anxiety or depression in some way underpin all other symptoms.
1. Recently, you haven’t felt ‘like yourself’
You may be depressed. Perhaps you’re nervous about a forthcoming event or season. If you feel as though your life has become routine or that you have lost your sense of purpose, speaking with someone about it could be helpful. When you avoid doing things you used to love or find it difficult to motivate yourself, there may be an underlying cause. It may be time to seek therapeutic support from professionals like Dr. Sara Harowitz, Licensed Psychologist, to reconnect with the people you care about.
If you are conscious that you have a severe mental health problem or feel that ‘something is wrong,’ therapy will equip you with the tools necessary to treat your symptoms more effectively and overcome the underlying cause.
It can be a single event or a series of events, and it cannot be easy to pinpoint when it all started. Whatever illness you are struggling with, therapy will equip you with the tools necessary to manage your symptoms more effectively while also assisting you in identifying the cause of your problems. Then genuine recovery and healing will occur once you get therapy.
2. You’re experiencing relationship difficulties
Counseling will assist you if you are experiencing difficulties in your current relationship, if you are single and find yourself slipping into the same relationship patterns, or if you do not feel as though you are receiving the necessary support from others.
Your need for connection and healthy relationship formation is inextricably related to your emotional and mental wellbeing. If our relationships are challenging, the rest of our lives are almost sure to be as well.
Through therapy, you’ll better understand how your early experiences shaped your current approach to relationship building, helping you ultimately focus on healthier, more authentic connections with the people in your immediate environment.
3. You’ve developed an opioid or alcohol addiction
If your alcohol or drug addiction is harming your finances or family life, or if you’re concealing your drinking from everyone you care about, it’s time to speak with a counselor or enter a 12-step program. Reclaim the power of your life and break the cycle until it’s too late.
4. You’re having sleeping difficulties or a feeling of fatigue
Although sleep is unlikely to come up when discussing therapy, the two are inextricably linked. When one of them deviates from the path, the other is almost certain to follow. If you’re exhausted or have difficulty sleeping at night, see a doctor since sleep issues are a probable reason for seeking professional help.
5. You have signs of compulsive behavior
Compulsive behaviors are often a sign of a mental health issue. Consult a doctor if you’re bingeing on sweets, gambling, or engaged in other out-of-control compulsive behaviors.
6. You want to overcome grief
Death or talking about death is still considered a taboo in today’s society. This leaves many people feeling profoundly alone following the loss of a loved one. Although grief is a perfectly normal and healthy human emotion, the mourning process can be lengthy at times, necessitating professional assistance.
There could be issues you’re afraid to discuss with anyone or that you’re scared of being held accountable for. In a safe place, the therapy enables you to express your grief, share your perspective, and have your feelings validated.
7. You’ve been through a harrowing ordeal
Sexual harassment and physical abuse, and neglect can also result in severe physical and mental health issues. It’s understandable that you would want to keep the traumatic experience to yourself. However, the more you discuss it with others, the better you will focus on self-healing and strengthening your trauma-coping mechanisms.
A psychologist will assist you in leading a healthy lifestyle and thinking more clearly. They can help you manage your stress, especially if you are faced with significant life challenges that you are fearful of confronting head-on. It’s important to remember that you are not alone and that help is available if you need it.
Although this list is not exhaustive, it does include some of the most commonly heard complaints and grievances. Nobody knows you better than you do, so if you’re struggling with all of the above, rest assured that our trained counselors have the tools and services necessary to assist you in regaining control of your mental health.