Life is full of experiences that provide great opportunities for growth and change, but sometimes they are difficult or confusing. We start to question the next step to take or wonder if we’re handling the opportunities and change in the best way possible.
Though therapy has sometimes been stigmatized in various ways and by certain segments of our society, the truth is that therapy can play a key role in helping you addresses concerns, process what life has dealt you, or determine how you want to grow.
There is no shame whatsoever in asking for help – especially in moments of feeling alone or overwhelmed. In fact, therapy is for people who possess enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is an admirable quality.
Why Choose Therapy?
People have many different motivations for coming to therapy. Some people need assistance managing a range of issues, such as:
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Stress management
- Creative blocks
Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective in achieving their goals in life. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset when it comes to improving personal growth and managing the hassles of daily life.
Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on difficult problems or point you in the direction of an effective solution – what you gain from therapy is only limited to how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.
Questions To Ask Yourself Before Starting Therapy
So, how do you know if really need or can benefit from therapy? Ask yourself the following questions as a starting point to explore whether therapy will benefit you:
- Do you feel you want more out of life?
- Do you feel that “it” is getting bigger than you can manage alone?
- Does your life situation or stressors consume your thoughts or daily activities?
- Do you feel uncomfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings with those close to you?
- Has someone suggested it may help to talk to someone?
- Do you have too many other things going on you can’t find time to address your personal concerns or needs?
- Do you feel alone, unsure, worried?
- Has a life event such as a death, divorce, job loss/change, birth, move, or medical condition caused you to feel unsettled?
- Do you find yourself not wanting to do the things you liked before?
- Have you used the tools you have to address your needs/concerns and it’s not getting the results you hoped for and need more ideas and support?
There’s No Shame Whatsoever In Seeking Therapy
While you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced throughout your life, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it.
Doing so can provide long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face. This will ultimately prepare you to meet the challenges in your life and help you make any necessary changes in order to become the best version of yourself.