A lot of people wonder when it is time to seek help from a professional therapist. Wondering if therapy is a good idea is an indication in itself that it is an appropriate time.
Many different things can prevent a person from seeking therapy. The fear of being judged, not wanting to admit there is an issue, and wondering if it will really help are just a few. If you have already tried several techniques to improve your situation, and things are not getting better, it may be time to research your therapy options.
One good rule to remember, is that that seeking therapy is not an act of weakness. In fact, choosing to try therapy is a great act of courage. In her book Daring Greatly, Brene Brown writes, "Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness."
For myself, therapy has been an integral part of my self care for years. I use therapy as an act of kindness toward myself. It is a safe place where I can process my own life transitions and personal goals. It is a place where I can empower myself to be conscious and intentional.
It is my experiences that positive movement and change can come from a visit with a knowledgeable and empathetic therapist. If the issue you are struggling with is one of circumstance, a therapist can shed light on the issue at hand, help you develop an action plan, and send you on your way. However, if there are patterns of pain in your experience, you may find that a safe, reliable, unbiased, and thoughtful relationship with a therapist is exactly what you have needed to regain balance in your life.
Some concrete reasons to seek help:
- You no longer find joy in hobbies and activities
- You are disinterested in spending time with loved ones
- You are experiencing a major change in life
- You find yourself frequently feeling resentful or guilty
- The idea of your day-to-day responsibilities is overwhelming
- You feel like you've lost control of your life
- You find yourself feeling that no one understands you or your needs
- You are quick to cry or anger
- You know you need to change your life/relationships, but you don't know how
- You find yourself repeating unhealthy patterns
- You question your worth or purpose in life
- You feel as though you may harm yourself
- You feel as though you may harm someone else
Only you can decide when it is time to seek therapy, keeping in mind that if you are considering it, now is probably an appropriate time. Please call me to schedule an appointment or to hear more about how I can help you move through difficult times and feel empowered in your own life.