The stigma of seeing a therapist is still pervasive today. Because of this stigma, many think that therapy should only be reserved for extreme cases. This is simply not true, therapy can be used long before hitting rock bottom and can help prevent a client from ever reaching this point. Therapy can help a client maneuver through a number of issues that happen in normal everyday life and can help establish an overall sense of well-being. Here is a list of really effective reasons to see a therapist in both Michigan and any where really.
18 Reasons To See A Therapist
You’re going through a life change.
Life changes can be anything from a career change, a move to another city, starting a family, or your kids going off to college. These changes will disrupt the daily routine you’ve had for years and adjusting to these changes can be better managed with the help of a therapist.
You feel like there is a dark cloud hovering over you.
Do you feel moody, have negative thoughts, or feel hopeless? Do activities you once enjoyed not bringing you happiness anymore? A therapist can help you with these feelings and help you gain clarity to what is causing this negativity.
Sadness is normal and can last for a few hours to a few days. If your sadness persists over a longer period of time, therapy can get you of this emotional slump. Maybe you know the particular event that triggered your sadness and maybe you have felt this way for so long, you are not sure how it got to be this way. In either situation, negativity, sadness, and hopelessness can be overcome with a therapist’s help.
You have anxiety.
Maybe a particular situation brings you anxiety, for example giving presentations at work or taking tests, or maybe you just have a general sense of anxiety all the time. A therapist can provide you with the tools and skills to manage these anxious feelings.
Your anxiety doesn’t have to be debilitating to the point of not being able to leave the house for it to be a problem. If you are having difficulty sleeping, feel restless, or fatigued, because you are up at night endlessly worrying, you will not be at your best to tackle the rest of your life. Therapy will help you redirect your mind from worry and give you the rest and relaxation to enjoy life.
You want to improve your relationship.
Seeing a therapist to work on relationship troubles can help a couple work through their issues, but a therapist can also help relationships that are not necessarily in trouble. Couples therapy is not just for relationships that are on the brink of separation. A therapist can also help a couple improve communication skills and revive a marriage that has lost its spark.
An event in your past still affects you today.
If you have never worked through a traumatic event in your past, it’s never to late.
With a therapist, addressing the trauma will allow you to finally get passed it and focus on today and not keep looking back.
It’s important to go through the healing process of a trauma. A past trauma can become a weight a person carries around with them. Some may see this weight as an inevitability that can’t ever be set down. It doesn’t have to be this way. A therapist can help.
You just want to talk to someone.
Maybe you aren’t depressed, anxious, or sad. This doesn’t mean you can’t talk with a therapist. If you just want an hour a week to focus on yourself and gab away about you and only you without fearing rejection, a therapist will be happy to listen.
Even if there aren’t any major issues you can come up with that you may need help with, a therapist is still there to help. There are still everyday micro obstacles in life that you may want help with and that’s okay.
You have harmful thoughts about you or others.
If you have thoughts about hurting yourself or others, a therapist can give you the help you need. A therapist can help you identify the reasons for having these feelings and ways to cope.
These feelings of hurting yourself or others don’t have to be suicidal or homicidal, you may feel rage enough to emotionally damage yourself or someone else. Maybe you hurt yourself in non-lethal ways like, cutting, alcohol, drugs, or others with cruelty and hurtful words. Therapy can help keep these feelings at bay and provide you with ways to feel compassion for yourself and others.
Your level of stress feels too unmanageable.
Stress can be managed with healthy techniques. Many are unaware what these techniques are. If you feel buried in stress to the point where you feel out of control, a therapist can give you the tools to manage stress, examine with you the things in your life that are causing this stress, and give you the skills to feel in control again. A therapist can also provide you relaxation techniques to help relax.
Some people are overworked and overwhelmed with so much in their lives because they are unable to say no. If your issue is your inability to say no to your boss, your friends, or your family, a therapist can help you to be more assertive. Saying no can improve your quality of life and decrease stress.
You relieve stress or avoid problems with a substance.
If your coping mechanism is with a substance, alcohol or drugs, a therapist can give you the support to quit your addiction. Substance abuse is challenging to beat alone. A therapist can provide alternatives to cope with problems and stressors in your life.
You just feel angry.
Maybe you just feel angry, but you don’t know why. Maybe you feel angry and know the reason, but can’t do anything about it. Maybe your anger is affecting your family, work, and your friends. A therapist can help you get in control or you anger and not let it control your life.
You have low self-esteem.
You have negative thoughts about yourself. These thoughts can be about anything not just body image related. A therapist has the tools to build your self-esteem and to help you love and accept yourself.
You want help achieving a particular set of goals.
If you want help to achieve a particular goal, a therapist can help you with that. These goals can be anything from fitness, career, or personal. A therapist can help you develop the skills you will need to achieve your particular goal. For example, if your goal is to lose weight. A therapist can analyze your relationship with food and help you gain a healthy perspective of food and exercise.
You want to improve parenting skills.
Raising kids is hard work. Maybe there are some particular parenting techniques you adopted from your own childhood that are not the healthiest or how you want to raise your own children. Therapy can help you work through this and develop techniques that will work for you and your children.
Your child’s behavior is difficult to manage.
Is your child having trouble in school? Is your child hyperactive, not paying attention, acting out or has difficulty following instructions? A therapist can provide an outside perspective of your child and their behavior. A therapist has the tools to decipher what problems or diagnoses your child has. A therapist can help your child work through their difficulties and work with you on how to manage the stress your child’s behavior has on the entire family.
Your teen isn’t communicating anymore.
Maybe your child has become a willful teenager who you feel will not communicate with you anymore. Adolescent years can be difficult even more so today with the rise of cyber bullying. If you feel you are losing touch with your teen or your teen exhibits withdrawn or depressed behavior, a therapist can help you and your teen.
You need help recovering from a loss.
Grief counseling isn’t just for the loss of a loved one. It can also be used to help dealing with the loss of anything, for example a marriage or job. Grief can trigger intense feelings of sadness to anger. A therapist can help a client manage these feelings and work through the loss.
You feel lonely.
Maybe you’re not actually physically lonely and you are surrounded by family and friends every day, but you have a pervasive feeling of loneliness. Having a therapist to talk to about your feelings of isolation will help.
Maybe you are physically and emotionally lonely. If it’s difficult for you to meet people and make friends, a therapist can help you develop the people skills and self-esteem to go out there and make connections with others.
After having a baby, you feel sad.
You had a baby, but you are feeling overwhelmingly sad, exhausted, frustrated or angry. Post-partum depression can be managed with the help of a therapist. Many new moms keep these intense feelings to themselves, but there is no need to struggle alone.
Therapy still carries a stigma of only being for the severely mentally ill, but a therapist can help you through the ups and downs of everyday life. If you are having difficulty with something in your life not addressed here, your best bet is to seek help from a therapist. A therapist has been trained to assess and treat a number of conditions from minor to severe and will be able to help you.