Do you need therapy? 8 reasons you might.
Sometimes you just need a nudge, some information, or a listening ear to find your way again. When life gets difficult, to whom do you turn?
It can be an act of real courage to decide to seek therapy, yet it can be the very thing that turns your life around and gives you the joy, peace and connections for which you long.
Maybe life has been good for a long time, when something happens that has you reeling. Or maybe you’ve struggled from time to time feeling like enough, or like you matter. Or the opposite – like you are too much for those around you. You feel lost, abandoned, insignificant. You don’t know just what you feel, or your feelings are so strong they scare you. Your past keeps holding you back, or, conversely, pushing you to do things you know aren’t healthy. You need a change, or you need to stop the merry-go-round and find some stability. Your relationships are challenging or downright awful. You feel anxious, depressed, sad, stressed, overwhelmed, disconnected. The life you wish you could have seems to be impossible.
These are some of the excellent reasons that bring people to therapy, though the reasons people decide to enter therapy are as individual as they
are. Maybe you saw yourself in the list above, or maybe you didn’t – but you feel as though something is missing. That can be a clue you need help to sort things out. Therapy is a good option for that, too.
Even getting to the realization that you could benefit from therapy can be overwhelming.
Here’s how to decide if you should give us a call:
A pretty good rule of thumb is provided by the American Psychological Association, which suggests that it’s time to call a therapist when you are so distressed, that thinking or coping with the issue takes up at least an hour of your day.
Likewise, if the issue you are dealing with causes you job or school difficulties, or trouble in your relationships, it’s a good sign you would be helped by therapy.
If the quality of your life has gone downhill because of your issue, therapy will help.
Has anxiety or depression – sadness or fear – taken over your thoughts and your regular life? Getting some therapy is a good antidote.
If you are overwhelmed by life, and stress is making it hard to find space to breathe, therapy can help.
Is it tough for you to contain your anger, or does your response to events seems out of control, or disproportionate?
Do you feel hopeless or helpless? Call! It’s normal to feel this way from time to time, but when the feelings persist, it can be miserable. Call us. We can help.
Are you withdrawing from others or spending too much time avoiding social situations and other people? Some of this can be normal, based on your personality – but if fear or distress become part of your interactions, it may be time to get help. Therapy can help you tease out why you feel the way you do, and help you decide what you want to do about it.
Therapy can help you understand yourself and your interactions with others better. Therapists listen to you and empower you to process old wounds and decide on new directions. They can help you get clarity about your life, choices and relationships.
Deciding to come to therapy is a courageous, intelligent decision. We encourage you to consider how it can help you.
At Sanctuary Christian Counseling we help grieving individuals, distressed kids and teens and couples in conflict find peace, solutions and connection. Give us a call.
Sanctuary Christian Counseling
9974 Molly Pitcher Highway, Suite 4
Shippensburg, PA 17257