Is it time for a therapist?
Everyone experiences times of stress, sadness, grief and conflict. So oftentimes, it can be difficult to know whether or not you should seek out a therapist. The simplest answer to this question is whether or not you can manage your day to day functioning.
We tend to think that problems or our feelings about the problems are just going to go away on their own. But this isn’t always the case. If you find yourself not engaging and avoiding your life, you probably want to talk to a therapist about how life is affecting you. Anything that overwhelms you or leaves you unable to cope is a good reason to see a therapist.
For example, how is stress interfering with your life? Anxiety, constant worry, fear, headaches, stomach aches, a run down immune system, sleep problems, feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, increased irritability, problems concentrating, changes to appetite, a loss of interest in activities you once loved, feeling disconnected and strained relationships are all good indications that it is time for you to contact a therapist. You don’t need all of these symptoms; one or more can be problematic.
Many times people feel they don’t need a therapist because they are smart enough to solve their own problems. We all have blind spots. Intelligence has nothing to do with it. A good therapist doesn’t tell you what to do or how to live your life. A good therapist helps you gain insight into yourself so you can make better choices.