08 Nov When You Should Consider Psychotherapy
If you are feeling overwhelming grief over the loss of a loved one, struggling with day-to-day tasks, or having relationship problems you can’t fix, you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than one-fourth of American adults face these and other mental health issues each year. Some of us seek help because we feel depressed, anxious or angry. Or we may want help dealing with a long-term illness that is interfering with their emotional or physical well-being. Therapy can help.
Talking about your feelings is part of taking care of yourself. It means that you’re doing what’s good for you. In fact, research has shown that verbalizing feelings can have a significant therapeutic effect on the brain. And while talking with family and friends can give us comfort, there are times when it’s a good idea to get help from a trained, licensed professional.
Some signs that talking with a professional could benefit you include:
- You always feel sad or helpless
- You can’t make things get better no matter how hard you try
- You can’t concentrate on work or other everyday activities.
- You worry all the time and always expect the worst at home or at work
- Your reactions to problems lead to harmful actions, such as drinking too much alcohol, using drugs, or being aggressive
- You have family problems or other relationship issues you can’t resolve, including domestic abuse
- You have fears that interfere with your day-to-day life
- You have sexual problems, including sexual identity issues
- You have a long-term illness or chronic pain
And remember, while all good therapists are good listeners, they do more than listen. They’re active, judgement-free partners who are there to help you process and work through difficult personal situations – or help you learn to relax when things are going well.
Choices Psychotherapy Is Ready to Help
Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. It isn’t a sign of dependence. It’s a sign of strength because it means you are choosing to do what it takes to take charge of your life. Choices can help you get the tools and skills you need to identify, approach and resolve troubling feelings or situations.
Our goal at Choices is empowerment through choice. If you are struggling with depression or anxiety, facing roadblocks you can’t work through, or always worried about tomorrow, Choices is ready to help.
For information about how Choices can help you or to make an appointment, get in touch with us today.