Making the decision to go to therapy can be a difficult one and it might even be hard to know if it’s what you need or if you’re ready. If taking this step in a recovery journey is something you’re considering, here are five questions you can ask yourself to help you decide if it’s the right option for you.
Do I Feel Out of Control?
We all have our good days and bad days, and sometimes our moods can fluctuate with them. However, if you’re feeling like you can’t control your thoughts, emotions or even actions, then this might be a sign that it’s time to seek professional help and therapy. Therapy can help you identify your feelings and develop coping strategies to give you back some control.
Do I Have Enough Support?
Friends and family are so important in our lives, but sometimes it can feel like they might be distant or unable to properly support us in the way we need. Even so, you’re not alone. Therapists are excellent resources to help you feel supported, give you guidance and help you cope. They might also be able to direct you towards group therapy sessions where you can meet others with similar struggles to create a community of support.
Is There Something Specific I Need to Talk About?
Sometimes we can pinpoint a problem and sometimes our struggles seem hazy. If you don’t have something specific that you’d like to talk to someone about, that does not mean that you don’t need to go to therapy. However, if you know there’s an event (such as an upsetting or traumatic incident) in your life that is stressing you out or you need more clarity about, therapy can be a great fit. Sometimes having an outside, objective perspective can be a significant help.
Do I Feel Disconnected?
Whether you’ve always loved playing baseball, dancing, hanging out with friends or reading long novels, suddenly feeling disinterested in your passions can be very disorienting. Similarly, if you find yourself distancing yourself from friends or family for no specific reason, that can be confusing for both you and your loved ones. Put simply, if you’re starting to lose interest, engagement or connection to activities and people around you, it could be a sign that there’s a deeper issue at hand. In other words, it might be an indicator that it’s time to seek help from a professional.
Are People in My Life Expressing Concern
Sometimes we might not see ourselves changing or even notice that we are struggling. In fact, it might take another person to point these things out to us to realize that we are in need of help. If people in your life are expressing concern from a loving place, it could be a good idea to consider what they are saying and consider whether or not therapy is a good option for you. Going to therapy doesn’t mean you’re weak or in trouble, it simply means that you have an opportunity to grow into a more balanced, aware, and healthy version of yourself.
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