When to seek help
4 reasons to speak with a counsellor
Mental health is a sensitive issue that many people choose to keep to themselves without seeking professional help. However, talking about mental health is important as conversations create awareness about the topic. One of the biggest reasons for this, is the fear of the stigma attached to mental health issues. Those who seek help may fear that they are weak for being unable to cope alone.
This idea is fallacious. In fact, people who recognize that they require professional support are better off because they know exactly what they need. Those who reach out to therapists are strong enough to accept that they are currently in a state of vulnerability.
This is why counselling is important. Opening up your thoughts and feelings to someone will help you gain new insights and address them in a healthy manner.
Counselling gives people newfound strength to deal with life’s problems. It alleviates the weight of the burden people have to carry by letting others help them with the process.
If you’re experiencing some of the situations below, then you might want to consider seeking therapy.
1 – You are overwhelmed with the many things happening in your life
Sometimes, the series of events and trials people experience take a toll on their emotional and mental well-being. When things are starting to become difficult to cope with on your own, it’s wise to ask for some help in order to keep your thoughts intact.
2 – You are experiencing big changes in your life
Most people are often confused and agitated when they encounter dilemmas that will require them to take big leaps in life, especially when they are experiencing major life changes. Often the hardest decisions in life are the most important ones and this makes people feel lost. Counselling will not let you go through such trying times all on your own, and it will help you develop skills for coping.
3 – You are having issues with your relationships
Nobody knows the answer to everything, and this certainly applies to your relationship with your partner and those who are close to you. There are times when relationships become strained and conflicts arise, leaving people worried about the choices they make since they don’t want to inflict any further damage. If your relationships with your family, colleagues, friends, and others around you are causing you anxiety, it’s time to seek help from a counselling therapist.
4 – You have feelings of isolation or getting left behind
When you feel like you’re being isolated or the world is moving so fast that you’re getting left behind, the answer is not to pressure yourself by forcing interactions. This will only take a greater toll on you and add up to the emotional baggage you carry.
Instead of letting the feeling of loneliness fester, consult a therapist and attend counselling sessions. This way, you’re able to regain the feeling of connection and being understood. During sessions, the pace is also slow and soothing, which relaxes your body and mind, making you realize that you don’t have to catch up to anyone. Every flower has its own time to bloom, and so do you.
Getting help from a professional will help guide you to a more peaceful life, freeing you from your worries and fear. When you get serious about seeking help, you’re showing care and consideration towards yourself and (as a by product) to those you care about. As you improve your coping and functioning, you bring forth the best parts within yourself and everyone around you will benefit from that. Getting counselling is not a sign of weakness, but rather, a sign of resilience, of kindness, and of wisdom.
If you’re in Australia and you’re looking to get professional therapy, we offer video counselling sessions for people in rural areas who don’t have access to an in-person psychologist. Get in touch to learn more about how we can help!