When to Consider Psychotherapy

The decision to see a therapist or a counselor is a very personal one, most often made during times of indecision, stress or emotional pain. The decision to seek help may also be the result of long standing issues or problems that may involve recurrent worries, frustrations, guilt, or self-defeating behaviors.
You may wish to consider seeking psychotherapy or counseling services if you or someone close to you is experiencing:

  • Health problems, sleep problems, or medical symptoms that cannot be explained by a physician that might stem from a psychological problem or that worsened by a psychological problem.
  • Relationship concerns with friends, family, spouse, partner, work etc
  • Feel you are  stuck in any aspect of your life
  • Job/Career/Employment – Find yourself unfulfilled with you job, career or want to find your right track
  • You are just not happy, unfulfilled and want to feel better, but don’t quite know how to get there
  • Depression, mood swings, anxiety or loneliness
  • Excessive anger, frustration, resentment or guilt
  • Stress, anxiety or constant worries
  • Obsessive and compulsive thoughts and behaviors
  • Problems with food, weight, alcohol or drug use
  • Changes or potential changes in your life
  • Problems following a traumatic event
  • pre-marital, marital, relationship problems and challenges
  • Parenting issues
  • Crisis that involves self-harming behavior, a risk of violence or the risk of suicide
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Depression or mood swings
  • Persistent negative thoughts
  • Problems with drugs or alcohol
  • Loneliness, meaning, purpose, spiritual issues
  • Improving communication, problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Chronic or life threatening illness
  • Life event concerns: marriage, divorce, parenthood, step-family issues, retirement, old age
  • Issues of sexuality or sexual identity
  • Managing traumatic events
  • Struggling with the after-effects of childhood abuse/neglect
  • Domestic violence or other forms of abuse

The decision to pick up the phone and ask for help is often difficult. Yet, whatever your reasons for seeking therapy, experienced therapists know this and can help put you at ease and answer your questions. They will listen to your concerns and help you decide upon the most appropriate course of action.

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