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When Should You See a Therapist?

You may think that a crisis is the only reason to seek out counseling. (Yes, if you are in crisis, reach out to our team as soon as possible. We are here to help you.)

 

But there are other reasons to talk to a True Relationships therapist or pastoral counselor. You may not be feeling like you are in crisis today, but you may feel that you could do more, feel better, or find peace in an area of your life.

Why is this important?

 

Taking care of your mental health can benefit your whole being and strengthen all of your relationships. If something is bothering you, it’s taking up space and energy in your life. It might be draining happiness from the moments you want to enjoy. It could be stopping you from taking on new challenges or from being fully present with others.

We all want to live a full life! Is there something stopping you from doing that?

There is a direct correlation between behavioral health and your quality of life. Our bodies, brains, and souls can suffer if we ignore or bury our feelings. We may feel something isn’t right even when we don’t know what that “thing” is. 

It takes courage to ask for help and take on something new. By seeing a therapist, you are acknowledging that you are ready to find new tools for your emotional and relational toolbox. 

Counseling can help you find useful and powerful ways to take on your personal challenges. Our team is educated in techniques that can help you find spiritual, psychological, and physical freedom from what’s holding you back. 

 

Old Wounds. It sounds easy to say, “Get over it. It’s in the past.” Don’t you wish it were that simple? I do. Unfortunately, our brains are hardwired to hold onto memories and pain, so we may need to learn how to cope with those issues in a healthy way. Counseling can help you find hands-on ways to heal old wounds that cause you to struggle with guilt, stress, or anger from your past. 

We can help you find freedom through proven strategies that deal with:

  • Childhood abuse or trauma
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Compulsive behaviors and eating disorders
  • Using sex, drugs, or alcohol to cope with pain

Life Transitions. Change is inevitable and sometimes we don’t know what to do. Are you facing changes in your life today? We work with you to help you find ways to reset, focus, or deal with the pain of changes in your life:

  • Parenting and stepparenting
  • Death of a loved one
  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Breakups
  • Illness
  • Job loss or new job stress
  • Retirement and aging transitions
  • Retirement and aging transitions

 

Feelings That Concern You. Sometimes feelings come and they don’t go away. They pull at us and take away our peace. Do you worry about the feelings you have? Do they distract you from things you used to enjoy? If so, you can talk to a therapist about those feelings and work toward solutions to help you live a full life. We offer a safe place to talk about emotions and get to the heart of what’s causing them. 

Feelings that take away your energy can include:

  • Anger and resentment
  • Panic
  • Grief
  • Hopelessness
  • Apathy 
  • Emotional exhaustion or a feeling of being overwhelmed

True Relationships is a team of therapists and pastoral counselors trained and ready to help you build a meaningful connection. If something is holding you back, consider talking to one of our team members. Taking care of your mental health today can have lasting benefits in the future. 

 

Counseling is more than crisis management. It can help you build fulfilling relationships and positively impact your overall health. 

Remember to take care of your whole person — mind, body, and spirit. Let us know if you are ready for our support on that journey. 

Additional sources:
Connell, J, Et. Al.  Measuring quality of life in mental health: Are we asking the right questions?” Soc Sci Med. 2014 Nov; 120: 12–20.
Raypole, Crystal. Why Should I Go to Therapy? 8 Signs Its Time to See a Therapist.” goodtherapy.org. Jan 18, 2019.
How to Know When Its Time to Seek a Counselor or Therapist.” online counselingprograms.com. Jan 30, 2020.
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