Do I Need a Therapist? 

By Syd Sukalski

Are you struggling with your mental health? Maybe you don’t even know that you are, but something feels off. If this is you, you might wonder whether or not you should see a therapist or counselor. Would they even be able to help you? Is your problem big enough to necessitate therapy? Well, today, we’ll talk about all of this and more. We’ll teach you what a licensed therapist is and help you understand some indicators that you might benefit from a counselor. 

But, before we begin, let us introduce ourselves.

At New Perspective Therapeutic Services, we want to help you improve your mental health. Clinical Director and counselor Nigeria McHellen implements successful therapeutic approaches to help her patients find happiness and purpose in life. New Perspective Therapeutic Services provides various types of therapy, including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, marriage counseling, video call therapy, and family counseling nearby. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to call.

Now, let’s talk about mental health.

What is a Licensed Therapist?

A licensed therapist attains high levels of education and experience to treat your mental health problems. They help you learn coping skills, communication skills, and calming exercises. Licensed therapists must follow a series of rules and regulations which help protect you and the information you disclose to them in your sessions. Among these is the doctor-patient confidentiality agreement, which your doctor could lose their license for violating. But, overall, a licensed therapist wants to help you improve your mental health and is qualified to do so. Your friends and family members may be excellent listeners, and while a compassionate support system is a great thing to have, your loved ones are likely unable to help you in the same way a licensed therapist could. Mental well-being is their specialty!

If you’re unsure whether you should see a licensed therapist, keep reading. We’ll discuss possible reasons people might see a therapist. 

Tired and Fatigued? Consider Seeing a Counselor

Fatigue. It can sometimes make it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. It can also be a sign of depression. If you find yourself constantly groggy and struggling to rise, you might consider why you struggle to wake up in the morning. Consider seeing a licensed therapist if you find yourself continuously tired and lethargic.

Overwhelmed and Anxious? Consider Online Video Therapy

Stress is a common factor in our lives, but it can sometimes feel like it’s just too much. Work, school, kids, taking care of an ailing loved one: many things in our lives that cause stress. It can all get overwhelming. However, therapy can help you cope with these stressors and potentially help you see or interact with them in a way that is not so detrimental to your mental health. Intrusive thoughts are another reason you might see a therapist. Worrying is typical, but if your worries begin to consume a large portion of your daily thoughts or even induce a physical response from your body, you could benefit from talking to a licensed professional.

Extreme Anger or Violent Emotions? Consider Counseling Nearby

Emotions can be difficult to cope with, but they are characteristically ever-changing. Holding onto certain emotions, like sadness or anger, for an extended period might be a good reason to see a therapist. Retaining these emotions is not healthy, and you want to be able to release them so you can enjoy your life. Violent emotions are another reason to seek counseling. If you find that you get extremely angry about relatively small matters or if your anger compels you to harm yourself or others around you, seeking treatment is an excellent option. Your therapist will listen to what you say and teach you how to cope with your emotions.

Finding Yourself Withdrawing Socially? Consider Seeing a Counselor

Socially alienating oneself can be a sign of depression. If you feel removed from social situations or find yourself pushing your friends away without any explanation, think about your mental health. Attending therapy can help you work through your feelings and may help you cope with your depression.

Feeling Hopeless? See a Counselor Today

Hopelessness is another symptom of depression, and it may manifest through tiredness, fatigue, and lack of motivation. You may also ruminate on a lack of direction or future, questioning the point of doing anything. Hopelessness may surface now and then, just like most other feelings, but if it endures, it might be time to seek help because hopelessness may lead to suicidal thoughts or actions. A therapist wants to listen, hear your problems, and help you through them. They can be there for you whenever you need them. They want to help you find purpose and happiness in your life. 

For more ideas on how to show kindness, find support at New Perspectives Therapeutic Service.

Nigeria McHellon, MSW, LCSW

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