Does it feel as if you or a loved one has reached a breaking point? Maybe you or your loved one has experienced a loss or a traumatic event and no amount of support, self-care, or even medication has made a dent in the healing process. This may be the point where a non-biased professional can come in handy. A supportive ear that can guide you with proven tools and teachings that will get you on your way to freedom. The question is, how do we know when it’s time to see a counselor?
Is It Time To See A Counselor?
Breaking the stigma
The amount of people struggling with mental illness versus those actually seeking and receiving care is vastly disproportionate, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Unfortunately, seeking mental health care has become stigmatized. Many feel that it displays weakness and, because of this, choose to continue to suffer in silence. It is important for us to maintain a conversation that it’s actually quite the opposite. It takes much strength to invite in help, especially from a stranger. The wonderful thing about therapy is that it instills new skills, knowledge, self-awareness, and tools that will last a lifetime. There’s really nothing to lose.
What are the signs?
When is the appropriate time to reach out for professional help? Are you seeing serious impairments in your everyday life? Whether it be work, school, relationships– are they suffering to some degree? Or maybe you’ve acquired coping strategies and techniques over the years that just don’t seem to be doing the trick anymore. This can be a sure sign that you may need an extra nudge.
Is your support system feeling drained? While we all need our friends and family to lean on in tough times, sometimes it can become too overwhelming for those closest to us. Are they starting to take on your heaviness? Are they responding less or pulling away altogether? Sometimes our support system is simply too biased and not well versed enough in mental health to be everything that we need. This is perfectly okay. Are you self-medicating with a substance, social media, or some other form of escape? If you or your loved one has been showing these signs for longer than a few weeks, it may mean it’s time to see a counselor.
Symptoms that may suggest it’s time
Some emotions that accompany these signs may include stress, lethargy, anger, withdrawal, distressing thoughts, apathy, and pessimism. Feeling overwhelmed can lead to a deterioration in our physical health. Making sure we catch excessive overwhelm early is important in avoiding that. Maybe no matter how much sleep you get, you just can’t seem to fight the ongoing fatigue. Does it feel like rage is a common emotion for you? This can mean that something is internally off balance. If social withdrawal is taking place, therapy can help you understand why that’s the case. If intrusive thoughts or (on the other side of the spectrum) apathy is present, it can be a sign of anxiety and/or depression. And finally, a feeling of hopelessness is quite prevalent in those suffering mentally. If these symptoms are present and persistent, a counselor can help guide you back home.
The benefits of counseling
Some benefits that you may gain from therapy include more self-awareness, getting closer to your goals, having more fulfilling relationships, better health, and overall improved life. With compassionate encouragement and by creating a safe space for someone struggling, you may help save a life. Pointing out behaviors that you observe (such as social withdrawal) can help someone see that they may need help. Offering to actually help find a counselor can help take the pressure off. Even better, seeing a counselor on your own can help set an example and indirectly encourage them to do the same.
Therapy may not cure you overnight. In fact, some people may need quite a few sessions and maybe hopping around counselors before they start to feel relief. It may take a minute to find the right counselor for you. No matter what the case is, it’s important to not give up! Help and hope are always right around the corner.
SAGE Counseling Omaha
At SAGE Counseling Omaha, our primary focus is on helping you to get the support and treatment that you need as you move forward. We all experience challenges that are often too difficult to work through on their own, and we are here to support you during these tough times.
When you connect with our compassionate counseling team, you can rest assured that you will receive the individualized care that you need. Contact us today. For approved clients, we are able to utilize telehealth services through our HIPAA-compliant virtual software.