Ten Reasons That It Might Be Time to Talk to a Therapist

Ten Reasons That It Might Be Time to Talk to a Therapist
Ten Reasons That It Might Be Time to Talk to a Therapist
    1. What Does it All Mean? People need purpose. Living with purpose is an intentional activity that can be difficult to do when caught up in a frantic cycle of work, eat, sleep, exercise, repeat. Therapy can help you slow down, and identify the values and goals that give meaning to your life.
    2. Healing for Both Mind and Body. Anxiety and depression don’t just live in the mind. They live in our bodies in the form of chronic muscle tension, headaches, fatigue, and digestive distress. A therapist can incorporate both mind and body into treatment for healing of your whole self.
    3. You’re Tired of Fighting Your Thoughts. When we try to change our thinking patterns through force, it can have the opposite effect of reinforcing those patterns in our brains. Therapy can help you develop a mindfulness practice and foster a new, less combative, relationship with your thoughts.
    4. When the Solution Has Become Part of the Problem. We all have strategies for coping with stress. Some of these strategies, although well intentioned, create more stress (sugar, alcohol, caffeine, shopping, gambling, over-exercising). A therapist can help you identify coping strategies that benefit your mental and physical wellness.
    5. Should I? Shouldn’t I? Should I? If you are in the middle of making a life changing choice, it is easy to get stuck in a cycle of indecision. Therapy is a safe and confidential space to explore options and find support once you decide to move forward.
    6. Bring You Back Into the Light: Mental distress can be isolating. Even when social interaction is the cure to what ails us, it can be really hard to pull ourselves up and out to interact with the world. Working with a therapist can be a gentle first step into stepping back into interaction with the outside world.
    7. Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen: Opinions are like noses…everyone has one. This can be overwhelming if you’re in crisis and everyone is telling you what they would do if they were in your shoes. Therapy can be a quiet and nonjudgmental space to figure out what solutions work for you.
    8. The Reverse Telescope Effect: Anxiety and depression can make the world seem very small, like looking through a telescope through the wrong end. The whole world revolves around future worries or past sorrows. A therapist can help you flip the telescope and broaden your word view.
    9. Something Just Doesn’t Feel Right. Gut instinct is powerful, but we often ignore it. If you feel something in your life just doesn’t feel right–but you just can’t put your finger on it–a therapist can help you do the detective work.
    10. Sometimes We Just Need Someone to Listen. Enough said.

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