Some Good Reasons to go to Therapy

 

There are many misconceptions  about what it means to talk to a  psychotherapist. The need to talk about your emotions is sometimes seen as something to poke fun at, weak or shameful. That stigma is often why people often don’t seek help.

However, therapy is  incredibly useful  and  helps with a range of issues, from anxiety to depression to relationships to trauma.   Experts and research show that therapy is very helpful for most people.

 Here are a few reasons why you should give therapy a try:

 

1. You’re experiencing unexpected mood swings.

If you’re noticing you’ve taken on a more negative mood or thought process ― and it’s persistent ― it might be worth talking to someone. A therapist can help you get to the root of the problem

 

2. You’re undergoing a big change.

This could be a new career, a new family or moving to a different city. New ventures are challenging and it’s normal to need assistance with getting used to changes in your life.

 

3. You’re withdrawing from things that used to make you happy.

A loss of motivation often signals that something is up. If you’re normally a social butterfly and you’re suddenly pulling away from your weekly activities,  you could be experiencing something deeper. A therapist can help you to uncover why this might occurring.

 

4. You’re using a substance to cope with issues in your life.

If you find yourself turning to drugs or alcohol as a way to deal with what’s going on in your life, it might be time to reach out. Addiction and substance abuse are not character flaws.

5. You suspect you might have a serious mental health condition.

Serious mental illness affects almost 10 million Americans in a year. If you’ve been feeling off for a long time, reach out. Psychiatric conditions like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia rarely develop out of nowhere and people display signs for a while.

 

6. Your relationships feel strained.

Relationships, no matter what kind  are hard work. You’re not expected to have all the answers. If you’re with a partner, therapy can help the two of you explore better ways to communicate and any other issues that have come up.

7. You just feel like you need to talk to someone.

Bottom line: There’s nothing wrong with seeking treatment for any health issue, including mental health.   You go to the dentist for a toothache so you can go to a therapist too for  help with your mental health.

Online Therapy

Online counseling  also known as  e-therapy – is when a professional counselor or psychotherapist talks with you over the Internet, to give you emotional support, mental health advice or some other professional service.

Online therapy is an  alternative source of help when traditional psychotherapy is not accessible. Its effective. Its private. Its conducted by skilled, qualified, ethical professionals.  It works as well as face to face therapy with most clients.

Online therapy is usually offered either by private practitioners who will meet with you in a secure site which is HIPPA  compliant or there are online therapy clinics where you chose the therapist whom you would like to work with from a list of mental health practitioners.

Some websites such as Talkspace offer email and text based counseling.  This type of counseling is not the same as psychotherapy because you do not see the person and it’s difficult to gauge how well the person is doing via text and also you may not be able to have a continuous conversation with the person.

 

Online therapy works well if you have a very busy schedule, you live somewhere without many therapists, you have young children at home or it’s difficult for you to get to an office.  Online therapy is not suitable for people suffering from severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.  It is very helpful for people with anxiety or depression.  While online therapy is not for everyone it is a viable alternative to face to face psychotherapy.