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How to Know When It’s Time to See a Therapist

If you’re on the fence about whether to see a therapist, it might help to give it a try. Talking to someone outside of your family and friends might help you in more ways than one.

Keep in mind that talking to a mental health professional doesn’t mean anything is wrong with you. You might simply decide that seeing a therapist is what helps you become the best version of yourself.


If you have difficulty managing and processing your feelings and, maybe you're not dealing with them in the most effective ways:

  • if you’re having trouble managing your stress a therapist may assist you in problem-solving so you can eliminate some stressful aspects of your life.
  • if you are having difficulty regulating your emotions a therapist could help you develop a plan to ensure your emotions serve you well.
  • If you have unhealthy coping skills, they can help you learn healthy coping skills.



Mental health professionals can address a variety of issues:

  • if you are struggling to reach your goals a therapist can address issues like procrastination, perfectionism—all of which can make reaching a goal nearly impossible.
  • if you want to improve your relationship(s) a therapist can assist you with the skills and tools you need to form and maintain healthier connections.
  • if you want to increase your self-awareness they can help you discover the self-limiting beliefs that are holding you back.


You can benefit from seeing a therapist:

  • if you are facing major life transitions like starting a new job, moving to a new city, or ending a relationship that might create a fair amount of distress for you.
  • If you’re questioning your parenting skills or you have questions about whether your child’s behavior is normal, talking to a therapist might be in order.
  • if you need help processing a traumatic event. This could prevent you from developing PTSD; it may even help you grow from the experience.


Here's when you seeing a therapist is in order:

  • when your mood is affecting your work. A therapist can help you get unstuck by assisting you process your emotions and practice new skills
  • when your emotional state is impacting your appetite or sleep. Once a physician is able to rule out possible medical causes for your change in sleep or appetite, a therapist can help you determine if there are emotional causes.



You should talk to a therapist:

  • if you’ve lost interest in activities you used to enjoy, maybe you are growing a little depressed, or maybe you are developing some anxiety. A therapist can help you uncover why you’ve lost interest in those things as well as help you see how the lack of fun activity can take a toll on your well-being.
  • if your social life is suffering, a therapist may help you find people you can connect with or teach you skills that enhance your social life 


Everyone experiences cognitive distortions sometimes. Here's how a therapist can help:

  • if you want to change unhelpful thinking patterns, A mental health professional can help you develop a healthier inner dialogue. And that could be key to living your best life.
  • if you don’t feel as happy as you think you could be, a therapist can help you develop a little change to your habits, mindset, lifestyle, or daily routine.


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