When to seek therapy:
you need to talk to who can help... When you feel like
you can't do it alone... When you feel trapped, like there's nowhere to
turn... When you worry all the time, and never seem to find the
answers... When the way you feel is affecting your sleep, your eating
habits, your job, your relationships, your everyday life... When even
the advice offered by family or well-meaning friends doesn't really help
you feel any better.
Recognizing the need for professional help
is a good first step towards improvement. Therapy can be of real
benefit, providing help for a wide range of problems such as depression,
loss, marital strife, parent-child concerns, or emotional distress. It
can also help fulfill aspirations for personal growth or or
self-improvement. Therapy has one clear and definite purpose: that
something of positive value and constructive usefulness will come out of
it for you.
Some of the most common reasons for seeking help from therapy include:
time to time, everyone experiences emotional pain. But sometimes the
distress is particularly severe or long-lasting and interferes with your
ability to function in your daily life. If you are experiencing
sadness, grief, or anxiety that is persistent, therapy can help relieve
the symptoms, address the underlying causes for your distress, and
provide you with help in restoring emotional well-being.
can help you overcome obstacles that have kept you from reaching your
goals and becoming the person you want to be. Although you might not
have a clinical condition or symptoms, therapy can help you learn more
about yourself, as well as others, and how you can live your life with
deeper personal satisfaction.
distress may be coming from difficulties in your relationship with a
spouse, parent, child, co-worker or significant other. Therapy can be
valuable in helping you understand the root of the problem and providing
you with the understanding and skills you need to improve the
emotional distress or relationship problems are associated with coping
mechanisms, such as excessive shyness, weak communication, lack of
assertiveness, or poor anger control. Therapy can enable you to acquire
or strengthen skills that can benefit many of the most important areas
of your life.
Experiencing a break from
someone who is important to you (through death or separation) can result
in great emotional pain. Therapy can be significantly helpful in coping
with the loss.
Trauma, Violence or Abuse:
of trauma, violence or abuse can feel so overwhelmed by feelings of
fear, anger, or helplessness that their ability to function effectively
is significantly impaired. Therapy can help provide a safe, confidential
setting in which to discuss your victimization issues with a caring,
supportive person and find ways to move forward with your life.
they can be embarrassing to talk about, sexual dissatisfaction and
sexual dysfunction are very common problems. Therapy can help to
understand and overcome issues that may be impairing sexual functioning.
Clinical Disorder or Condition:
Those who have
certain disorders or conditions can benefit from an overall treatment
plan which includes therapy and another form of treatment, such as
medication. For instance, research shows that individuals with
conditions such as ADHD, eating disorders, major depression or anxiety
disorders benefit significantly more from a combination of therapy and
medication than just medication alone.
Adapted from 4 Therapy Network.