It’s often tough to decide when it’s time to make an appointment for a therapy session. You
may go back and forth in your head wondering if it’s something you can get through on your
own or if you may need professional help. There are a number of reasons why a person might
decide to schedule a therapy session, many of which are unique to each individual client.
However, there are some situations that you might take note of listed below. If you are
experiencing any of these, you will likely benefit from getting some help navigating them.
1. You have felt down or depressed or not like yourself. Perhaps you are well aware that a life
situation like a breakup is causing you to feel stuck. You may not see a way through it. It might
seem like you will never feel happy again. Many people come to counseling to talk through
getting over such an event. Maybe you’ve felt extra tired and lethargic or aren’t eating as much
as usual but don’t really have any specific reason why you think you should feel down. A
therapist can help you figure out what is going on. In many cases several sessions is all it takes
to acquire the tools to move forward.
2. You are experiencing compulsive or excessive behavior surrounding drinking, drug use,
shopping etc. These or other similar behaviors indicate that you lack healthy coping skills. I
teach my clients how to acquire healthy coping skills for times of stress or struggle (which we all
have!) It could also mean you have an addiction in which case you will want to be informed and
work with someone to take the steps needed to recover. Therapy allows you to unpack the
secrets you may be carrying related to unhealthy behaviors, like drinking too much and hiding
it. My office is a safe place to sit down and share in a comfortable, private setting, what you
have been carrying around.
3. You have lost interest in social activities and find yourself isolating. Whether you are suffering
from depression or have other factors contributing to this disconnection, talking to a therapist
will allow you to sort out what is really going on and why. Once you get to the root of the issue,
the two of you can discuss “attack plans” and you can begin to move forward. It is likely that
with hard work and dedication you will regain normal functioning and find happiness.
Whether you think you are suffering from a mental health condition, are in need of help
working through a situation or circumstance, or are experiencing anything in between, a
licensed therapist can assist. Many of my clients report that they leave “feeling lighter” which is
a great feeling! If you think you might benefit from a session, please click here or send an email
to [email protected] I see clients most days and evenings. –Sarah Winders, MA,
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