When is it Time to See a Therapist?

You might be saying to yourself, should I go see a therapist? When someone comes in for their initial appointment, I often hear that they have been depressed for years and have been trying to handle it on their own. I have started to ask myself, if you can get relief from counseling, why would you wait years before seeking help? If you broke a bone or have a chronic condition, would you wait that long to seek out help from a professional? A type of therapy called Cognitive Behavior therapy can help you change the way you think about things. CBT can give you the skills to make permanent changes, so when difficult times come around again you will be ready to handle it.

Another thing that I often hear from people is, “I am not crazy, why should I see a therapist?” Maybe you have a lot of stress and anxiety or are having problems in your relationship. All of these issues and more can be helped by going to see a therapist. Anxiety is often one of the most common problems that a therapist treats. In my practice, I help people learn how to deal with anxiety and reduce their symptoms to a manageable level. There is nothing more rewarding than to see someone that has been struggling with anxiety since childhood being able to say, I am feeling better! My anxiety is gone.

The top reasons to make the call to your therapist today. 

  1. Everything that you have tried to feel better has not helped.
  2. Your friends or family are pulling away or they might suggest it is time to get help.
  3. You are drinking or using drugs to suppress difficult feelings and emotions.
  4. You are having problems at work and your supervisor and co-workers notice that something has been going on with you.
  5. Your are having problems such as headaches and upset stomach, and the doctor can’t find anything wrong.

Going to therapy is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. Self care is very important. If you are not at your best, how can you be effective for you friends, family and loved ones?