9 reasons why seeing a therapist may help you
Whether or not you’re in favour of committing to New Year’s Resolutions, the beginning of the year offers a great opportunity to review not only your physical health but your mental health too. Are there positive changes you would love to make this year?
Psychotherapy can give you the capacity to improve your life in many ways. Discover how to manage difficult issues with greater ease, create better relationships and take your life in a direction that gives you more personal fulfilment.
Therapy can be an incredibly useful tool to help with a range of issues – from depression to post traumatic stress (PTSD) to career change and much more. Even if you can’t quite put your finger on what’s causing your general sense of unhappiness, and there’s nothing ‘wrong’ as such, therapy can help.
Perhaps you can relate to one or more of the statements below. If you do, the KlearMinds team of experienced counsellors, psychotherapists and life coaches is ready to help you achieve positive lasting change and provide you with a confidence tool kit that you can rely on for life. Why not get in touch today?
1 – You are suffering from unexpected mood swings.
If you’ve experiencing a persistent shift toward a more negative mood or thought process, this could be a sign of a mental health issue. With the help of a therapist, you can open up about your thoughts and feelings in a safe, supported environment to explore why you are unhappy and get to the root of the problem.
2 – You are undergoing a big change in your life.
Whether you’ve moved to a different part of the country, just had a baby or started a new career, all new ventures throw up challenges that you may need guidance and support with. If you can work with a professional who has a neutral perspective, s/he can help you identify goals and develop plans to achieve them while managing your life’s stressors.
3 – You are having negative, harmful thoughts.
If you are harbouring thoughts of self-harm or suicide, we highly recommend that you seek help straightaway. Fortunately, both are entirely preventable with treatment by a licensed professional – but you do need to tell someone NOW. For emergency situations, call The Samaritans on 116 123, Papyrus for under 35s (HOPELINEUK 0800 068 4141) or CALM (0800 585858) for men.
4 – You are withdrawing from things you used to enjoy.
Loss of motivation could be a signal that something is wrong. If you are normally an outgoing type of person but you are suddenly pulling away from socialising with your friends or family, your mental health may be suffering. A trained therapist can help you uncover why you are choosing to withdraw and how to deal with the underlying issues.
5 – You feel isolated or alone.
Many people experiencing mental health issues feel that they’re the only person in the world dealing with their experience. Individual and group therapy could help with you recognise the validity of your feelings and discovering that you’re not alone. The realisation that your problem is understood and shared by others can bring about a sense of comfort and hope.
6 – You are using a substance to help you cope.
If you are turning to alcohol, drugs or worse as a way to deal with issues in your life, it may be time to seek help. Addiction and substance abuse are medical conditions that can be treated. Going to see a therapist will help you understand and appreciate the issues surrounding your illness, enabling you to get treatment.
7 – You think you may have a serious mental health condition.
According to the charity MIND, around 25%of people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Warning signs include severe nervousness, apathy or intrusive thoughts. If you have not been feeling right for a long time, it’s time to reach out. Psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia are treatable.
8 – Your relationships feel strained.
Relationships can be hard work, especially when you keep miscommunicating with your partner and end up annoying each other instead. Therapy can help you explore better ways to relate to each other and deal with issues together effectively. Couples therapy can be beneficial to you, even if your other half doesn’t attend the sessions.
9 – You just need to talk to someone.
There’s nothing at all wrong with seeking professional help with your health, physical or mental. If you feel the need to speak to someone about your inner world, your emotions or what’s going on in your life, then do it. Talking therapies are not only perfectly normal, they’re a valuable experience that have a wealth of benefits.