How Do I Know if Therapy Might be for Me?

Deciding if counselling is right for you can be a daunting task. For some, just considering the idea might bring up feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, or even shame. Some people believe that seeking out mental health support means they are weak or unstable. In truth, the right kind of therapy at the right time with the right therapist can be beneficial for most people. Reaching out for support is a sign of strength!

Why would I go to therapy?

Here are some reasons you might choose to go to therapy:

  • To process any impactful experiences or trauma from your past (for example the collective trauma of the pandemic, past relationships, or other personal experiences)

  • To get support for life changes and transitions (things like divorce, childbirth, loss of a loved one or pet, job change, medical diagnosis, marriage, moving to a new place)

  • You are interested in personal growth (achieving specific goals, making and sustaining positive changes, becoming more authentically you, improving relationships, expanding support network)

  • To build coping skills for daily life or when things get difficult

  • To ensure sustained wellbeing when life is good (just as you bring your car for regular maintenance and visit your doctor for regular checkups, you can periodically visit a therapist to maintain your mental health)

When is the best time to go to therapy?

While it is true that many people go to therapy after/during a crisis or when they are struggling with a particular concern, it is also true that counselling can be beneficial for you no matter what is going on in your life. You don’t have to wait until you absolutely need therapy to benefit from it. Some of the times you might seek out counselling are when:

  • You feel as though you’re struggling to get through the day, week, or month

  • You feel as if something is interfering with your life, even if you’re unsure what it is

  • You feel stuck and aren’t sure how to move forward

  • You feel overwhelmed and are unsure how to manage

  • You don’t feel like yourself

  • Your support network isn’t enough

  • Your loved ones tell you they are concerned

  • You want to prioritize your well-being

People go to therapy for many different reasons. If you or someone you know is considering therapy, exploring your options or booking a free consultation with a counsellor could help in deciding what feels right for you.

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