How do you decide if you need therapy?

Posted on June 26, 2015

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There might be a social stigma that seeing a psychologist or therapy is “crazy”. There is something mentally wrong with the person, they are not able to function in their daily life. Here are some reasons that it would be good to see a therapist and how they could help.

1. Ambivalence with a situation or event
Making huge life decisions could cause great anxiety. There are many conflicting reasons to decide on the action path to take. For instance, one might be conflicted in between social belongingness and doing stuff that actually harms one health, like smoking or drinking. A therapist could guide you through the process to make a life-lasting decision that you will accept and be happy about doing.

2. Overcoming past trauma
Traumatic events could leave us with emotional scars that affects our current personality. We might not want to confront such situations because the pain could hit us. Thus, we live on with this emotional scaring, acting as if such events did not happen to us. However, little did we realise how much it could affect us in the present. Our mind distorts reality to make it bearable for us. A therapist could help us overcome such painful experiences with compassion, non-judgemental advice and empathy to heal these emotional wounds.

3. Values conflicting with behaviour
One might have uncontrollable urges, which goes against what we value, who we are. We simply can’t explain why did we perform such an action. It could be a male’s biological sexual urges, or it could be the female’s uncontrollable manner of being paranoid, etc. Seeking help could aid us in our understanding of our innate behaviour to bring about acceptance of the situation.
4. Not accepting events or other people
We get mad at everything, everyone. Perhaps, our boss, our parents, our partners, siblings and what not. Why are we so frustrated at other’s action? Can’t others follow our plans or do what we want? Maybe a therapist could help you to explore to decide what you want and to teach you how to accept others. This allows one to be able to flow through life with ease and not to be miserable over social events.

5. Understand what is going on
Being unable to go on with life, do not feel that you belong to your environment. Talking to a psychologist could help to treat the problem, or to define the problem, to give one a direction.

6. You Are Not Happy
Not being sure what you are unhappy with? Seeing a therapist could help you to examine the different areas of your life to find out what is bothering you. Creating a plan to find happiness when there is none. Depression is real, and is treatable.

7. You can’t reach Your Goals
Facing roadblocks at every turn in your life, frustration at not being able to attain your goals. Therapist could aid in helping one to achieve peak performance and self-actualisation.

8. Managing Stress
Therapists can also give you tools to teach you how to deal with stress. It is always good to go and vent what is bothering you. Verbal vomiting all over a therapists who is eager to listen to you is therapy in itself. Not only will this person listen to you, but they will teach you how to manage stress on your own.

9. Making the Unknown, Known
Consultations could help one to explain their behaviour. Even though we might not be fully aware of what we do, or we cannot recall significant events in early childhood, psychological theories are modalities that could provide us greater insights to the mental processes we are not consciously aware of.

Category(s):Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Depression

Source material from Pinnacle of Man