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How Do I Know If I Need Therapy?

Physical and mental health

In situations where your physical well-being is tied to your mental state — for things like insomnia, weight loss, dealing with chronic pain and so on — therapy can help.

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Deciding to see a therapist

You don’t need to have a specific diagnosis to benefit from therapy.

Most of us have some aspects of our lives we would like to improve: relationships that are in need of some rehab or some habits or behaviors that we would like to shift or change.

Going through a big change

Change, even if it’s positive, can lead to emotional and physical stress: you find yourself in a situation where you don’t know what to expect and that leads to confusion.

A professional can help you through a situation that feels insurmountable.

Repeating unhealthy patterns

Everyone makes missteps and occasionally slips into risky behaviors.

But when you can’t stop a specific behavior, if it’s interfering with your ability to function properly in your daily life, or it’s negatively affecting your relationships, it’s time to pause and seek help.

Affected by past trauma

There’s no single way to get over past trauma, but if you can’t stop thinking about your trauma, or you’re isolating yourself because of fear it will happen again, there are ways to cope.

Facing big decisions

Sometimes, in the face of big decisions, your family and friends won't give you the best perspective, because they are too invested to be objective.

A good therapist won’t make the choice for you - they will work with you so that you can figure out the right answer for yourself.

Dealing with relationships

A therapist can help you either strengthen or leave a bad relationship and can help with coping techniques if it ends.

Couples therapy can also be a good way to maintain a happy relationship. You don’t need to be in crisis to seek out a therapist who can help you ensure you’re communicating effectively.

Physical and mental health

In situations where your physical well-being is tied to your mental state — for things like insomnia, weight loss, dealing with chronic pain and so on — therapy can help.

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And in addition to improving traditional mental health struggles, therapy can also be a powerful and efficient way to make progress on personal goals or aspirations.

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Depression-related symptoms like sleeplessness or inactivity can make weight loss more difficult. Some commonly prescribed antidepressants can cause you to gain weight as well.

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Personal Trauma

If you have experienced emotional trauma, it could be affecting your eating habits and your weight. Your past experiences might prevent you from losing weight in the present day. 

To reach your goal, you may want to work through the issues with a qualified professional.