Is therapy right for me?
For many of us, we are raised to believe that our internal thoughts, feelings and emotions aren’t worthy of being discussed – that these things should always be swept under the rug.
These decisions, unfortunately, amount to being the single worst thing you can do for yourself and your mental health.
In this day and age, more so than ever before, it’s important to know when your stress has reached a level that requires attention. Suppressing your emotions and not working through any psychological issues you may have can culminate in a host of problems. With the rise of the digital age, problems that never existed before are now ruling our day-to-day lives. Sure, everyone has their bad days – but acknowledging the need to seek professional help when it all becomes too much can be a step in the right direction.
When identifying these issues at scale, depression alone is one of the major players in our global disease epidemic, a leading cause of disability, and responsible for billions of dollars lost each year in work.
Psychologists around the world attribute a low treatment rate to the stigma and myths attached to seeing a therapist. Most people have the mentality that only “crazy people” need help, or that accepting professional help is a sign of weakness. Psychologist Daniel J. Reidenberg states “The earlier someone gets help, the easier it is to get through the problem. There will be less time and less strain involved”.
The common assumption that therapy involves weekly contact is also a non-founded myth. Treatment does not have to be time consuming or expensive. Each individual can benefit from different treatment plans over different time spans. At Blue Horizon Counselling, we offer Skype and Phone Counselling – this way, people all across Australia can reach out to us from the comfort of their own homes whenever they need us most. This has become one of our most popular services. If you would like to book one for yourself, simply click here.
So, how can you identify the need to seek out a professional? What are some common signs you should take into consideration?
- Obsessive or Compulsive Behaviours – If you are triple checking the house lights or the oven is off, obsessively washing your hands or running through the same scenario in your head again and again and again, you may be experiencing significant psychological trauma.
- Feeling Sad and Unmotivated – If there are feelings of hopelessness, lethargy, sadness, suicidal thoughts or any other kind of emotion is overwhelming you and leaving you unable to function properly in your day-to-day, you may need to seek professional assistance. Our Anxiety Sydney page may have the perfect information for you.
- Addiction – Are you teetering on the edge of substance abuse, gambling, eating disorders or sex addiction? Or perhaps you’re already in too deep, and can’t get out. It may be time to get help.
- Relationship Issues – Perhaps you are experiencing a lack of effective or empathic communication, which has left you feeling unfulfilled and disconnected from your partner, your family and your friends? It can be hard to understand why – but a therapist can help you to understand and overcome it.
- Difficult Life Transitions – If you have lost your job, are going through a divorce or separation, or moving to a new city all on your own. That’s where an expert therapist can help.
Reading through these, you may have identified a few points you have found you’re experiencing more frequently than you’d like. So what now? Simply ask yourself what extent you can effectively manage these emotions or behaviours. Anything limiting your ability to function on a daily basis or interact positively with those around you is exactly the right reason for you to seek a therapist, social worker or psychologist.
For more information on any of these feelings and issues, please visit our website. My name is Yuliya Richard and I am a Psychologist in Sydney. My team and I have two locations across Sydney in the CBD and Crows Nest, as well as servicing Skype and Phone Counselling Australia-wide. You can feel free to call us on 0403 866 997 any time.
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