I am often asked by people in my life why someone would want to go to counseling or how to know if someone is ready for counseling. So here are nine reasons to go to counseling:
1. You’re in a big transition.
Transitions are a part of life. Your transition can be a new job, a new house, moving across the country, starting at a new school, welcoming a new baby, starting an adoption or foster care journey, and many other life activities. Sometimes, whether good or bad, happy or sad, transitions can be a stressor. Working with a counselor before, during, or after a transition can help you identify all of the different thoughts and feelings in each stage and provide support in the adjustment phase.
2. You want to learn better or more coping skills.
Sometimes the things we have done in life to help us in times of stress seem to stop working. Our minds race when we try to read books or exercise feels more like an energy drain than a boost. Working with a licensed counselor can help you identify patterns of thoughts or behaviors that previously worked and create space to explore new coping skills—because sometimes two heads are better than one when thinking about these things.
3. You’re isolating yourself more.
Alone time can feel refreshing, but sometimes we realize we are spending more time alone than is healthy for us. People are meant to be connected with others as a source of support, encouragement, and social output. If you notice it is harder to spend time with friends, family, or make social engagements, counseling may be beneficial in figuring out the root causes of isolation.
4. You feel strain in your relationships.
No one has perfect relationships, however, feeling strain in your relationships can be an extra stressor. If you notice more tension, stress, or frustration in your relationships counseling can be helpful in assessing small changes to increase positive interactions and reduce strain.
5. You’ve noticed your sleep patterns have changed.
Sleep is important to every day functioning. If you noticed a change in your sleep patterns, like needing more sleep, needing less sleep, or frequently waking up, a counselor can help you assess potential reasons for this change. Many counselors ask about sleep and sleep changes to help identify root causes of the change that may be related to mental or physical health.
6. You have thoughts about harming yourself or someone else.
If you ever have thoughts about harming yourself or someone else it is important you connect with a counselor. A trusted counselor can help identify negative thinking cycles, strong sources of support, and provide feedback and plans for client safety. If you have thoughts of harming yourself or someone else please call the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
7. You want to talk to someone else.
Sometimes we can feel stuck in situations, and it is helpful to talk it out with someone outside of the situation. Your counselor is exactly that—someone outside of the situation that can help you assess your thoughts, feelings, and impact on the situation that you may not always realize.
8. You want to thrive not just survive.
Life can be hard, and sometimes it feels like thriving in life is impossible. A counselor can help you process through different life events, help create plans and strategy for change, and provide support and encouragement for thriving in life instead of feeling stuck just surviving.
9. You just want to go to counseling.
This is probably the most important reason. If you want to go to counseling that is all the reason you need. Everyone has mental health. At Bethel Haven, we want to support each potential client in their journey toward wellness by providing access to counseling. If you or someone you love wants to go to counseling, that is one of the best reasons to begin. You can call our office at 706-310-9046 to set up an appointment with one of our counselors.
4/15/2020 11:29:44 am
I like what you said about using a counseling service if you're transitioning into a new job. My sister has been telling me about how she wants to start a new career in the coming months. I'll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for professionals who can help her with this.
7/23/2020 03:21:30 pm
I have never thought about meeting with a counselor before, during, or after a big transition in your life. I always get so much anxiety when I work in a new environment or move somewhere else. Next time I make a big life change, I'll look for a counselor to seek help from.
7/27/2020 08:11:32 am
Thanks for helping me identify the signs of why someone should go visit a therapist. I find it concerning that if you're experiencing constant tension and stress are signs that counseling is needed. My friend has been working for 14 hours straight every day, and he told me that he's experiencing bouts of this lately. I'll share this with him and suggest that he visit a mental health counselor before it gets worse.
10/30/2020 09:03:07 am
It was mentioned, if you feel a strain in your relationship, it may be a good idea to seek counselling. My brother recently lost his job, and that has put a lot of stress on his marriage. Maybe it would be a good idea for them to speak with a professional about the struggles, and see if they can work though them.
11/21/2020 09:30:47 pm
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12/4/2020 02:51:58 am
I appreciate that this post underlined that when we are experiencing isolation, it is a sign that therapy is needed. The other day, I noticed that my daughter is becoming more withdrawn. Maybe I can recommend her to look into therapy to help address her woes and concerns.
1/13/2021 05:07:48 pm
My brother has been going through some emotional trauma lately. You mentioned that a licensed counselor could help him identify patterns of thought and behaviors. I'll pass this article on to him so that he can see he has options for dealing with his mental health.
1/29/2021 12:32:38 pm
It really helped when you mentioned if your sleeping schedule is going crazy, it might be a sign you need to seek a counselor's help. I've been dealing with a lot of work pressure, and I've noticed I can't sleep at night as I used to. I barely sleep a few hours, and it's wearing me out. I thought it was because of the coffee -drinking, but I dropped for a few days, and nothing changed. After reading your piece, I think trying therapy out won't do any harm. I'm grateful for your advice on why it's a good idea to get a professional counselor's help.
8/23/2021 04:38:46 pm
I like how you said to look into getting counseling if you find it hard to spend time with your friends and family. For the past couple of weeks, I have noticed how I like to stay at home a lot, and I hardly ever go out with friends anymore, and I was wondering if that was a bad sign. I'll have to look into finding a counselor to see so that they can help me with my problem.
7/6/2022 11:10:28 pm
Thank you for explaining that working with a licensed counselor can help you develop new coping skills. My friend is having trouble coping with the new normal. I should advise her to opt for counselling service to help her adapt.
I never took into account the fact that sleeping habits and changes with them are important details for the therapist as well to help them find the root cause of the issue. I have been having issues sleeping these past few weeks now which has not been my problem since I was a teen. It seems that I already need counseling services to learn more about what is happening to my mind or emotions to help me control them better and have a happier life.
12/14/2022 01:23:41 pm
Thank you for explaining that it could be a good idea to go to therapy if you've noticed problems in your relationships. I've been having more problems with my husband as of late and have been wondering how to help with that. I'll share this idea with him to see if it could be a good idea to look into.
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