Do I need counseling? Counseling is a great way to take care of yourself and improve your life and relationships. We often hire personal trainers to improve our physical shape because we have trouble getting there by ourselves (or even quite knowing what to do), or go to physical therapists and chiropractors to recover from an injury or treat a muscle imbalance. We go to doctors when we're ill or know that something is physically "off." Counseling can be seen as doing the same for your internal mental health. People often start therapy for some of the reason's listed below:
You're often angry, sad, or anxious.
Your relationships - whether friendships or romantic - aren't working and you feel frustrated or isolated.
You're coping with your life through excessive use of alcohol, marijuana, TV, food, sex, sleep, etc. etc.
You're experiencing extended sadness and grief over the loss of something or someone. It may be the end of a relationship, the loss of a job, or the death of a friend or family member.
You've experienced something traumatic: an injury, medical diagnosis, traumatic incident, or have experienced neglect or abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal).
Your life situation has changed and you feel lost. Maybe you've recently moved to a new town, started a new job, or began at a new school - nothing feels familiar in your life and now you're feeling sad, insecure, unhappy, or unmotivated.
Your romantic relationship has felt distant for a while, or is actively falling apart. You can't seem to communicate well and frequently misunderstand each other's intentions.
You're considering a different life direction, but don't quite know where to start. You'd like to learn more about who you are and what you were "made" to do.
These are just some of the most common reasons people come into therapy. Everyone brings into counseling their unique reason and story.