We all have experienced moments of stress and anxiety in our lives.
Many of us are no strangers to the emotional and mental challenges brought on by problems at work, financial worries, issues in our relationships, or even mental strain being created by the uncertainty caused by Covid-19.
Sometimes we can handle these challenges on our own or with the help of friends and family members we trust.
However, there may come a time when those feelings become so overwhelming that you need additional professional help.
Who do you turn to?
Counselling can benefit people struggling with emotional difficulties, life challenges, and mental health concerns.
Mental health issues are common; nonetheless only about 40% of people with mental health issues seek help.
Untreated mental health issues often get worse and may have other negative effects. They could also lead to:
- Inability to work or go to school
- Difficulty in relationships or taking care of children
- Increased risk of health issues
When any type of mental health or emotional concern affects daily life and functioning, therapy is a positive course of action.
Therapy can help you learn about what you’re feeling, why you might be feeling the way you do, and how to cope.
Therapy also offers a safe place to talk through life challenges.
Should I seek Counselling Therapy?
You might want to consider counselling when something causes distress and interferes with some part of life, particularly when:
- Thinking about or coping with the issue takes up at least an hour each day
- The issue makes you want to avoid others
- The issue has caused your quality of life to decrease
- The issue has negatively affected school, work, or relationships
- You’ve made changes in your life or developed habits to cope with the issue
If you experience any of the following emotions or feelings to the extent that they interfere with life, counselling may help you reduce their effects.
It’s especially important to consider getting help if you feel controlled by symptoms or if they could cause harm to yourself or others.
1. Overwhelm. You might feel like you have too many things to do or too many issues to cope with. You might feel like you can’t rest or even breathe. Stress and overwhelm can lead to serious physical health concerns.
2. Fatigue. This physical symptom often results from mental health issues. It can indicate depression. Fatigue can cause you to sleep more than usual or have trouble getting out of bed in the morning.
3. Disproportionate rage, anger, or resentment. Everyone feels angry at times. Even passing rage isn’t necessarily harmful. Seeking support to deal with these feelings may be a good idea when they don’t pass, are extreme compared to the situation, or if they lead you to take violent or potentially harmful actions.
4. Anxious or intrusive thoughts. It’s normal to worry about things from time to time, however when worry takes up a significant part of your day or causes physical symptoms, counselling can help you cope with it.
Why you should consider going to Counselling Therapy
If you’re considering counselling, you may be thinking about the possible drawbacks.
Cost might be a concern for you. You might also be aware that therapy is often challenging. Trauma or other painful events from the past can be frightening to remember, much less discuss with someone else.
Even if you aren’t dealing with trauma, working through challenges isn’t easy, and therapy isn’t always a quick fix.
Nonetheless if you’re willing to do the work, counselling therapy can be very rewarding. It’s a safe, judgment-free space where you can share anything, with a trained professional who is there to help.
Here are a few benefits of counselling:
- You’ll learn more about yourself. Counsellors listen to your story and help you make meaningful connections. Therapy empowers you to make decisions and take action.
- Counselling can help you achieve your goals. If you aren’t sure of what your goals are, counselling can help you gain clarify and set realistic steps to meet to move forward in a positive way.
- Counselling can help you develop more satisfying relationships. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, counselling can help you address difficulties with relating to others.
- Counselling can help you move towards having better health. Research supports a link between mind and body wellness. Untreated mental health issues can impact physical wellness.
- Counselling can lead to improvements in all areas of your life. If you feel like something is holding you back from living life you dreamed of, counselling can help you address these issues. When you aren’t sure what’s keeping you from making change, counselling can help you discover the answer.
If you feel you might need therapy counselling please feel free to contact me.
If you have doubts or unsure about committing to counselling therapy I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation to talk through what you’re dealing with.