If you have no prior experience with psychotherapy, identifying the right reason to engage in it might feel challenging. Often we feel that when it comes to our emotions and thoughts – it is our job to fix the issue, just with the power of our will. However, although this view may seem common, it is very misleading and frequently even harmful. The truth is – millions of people who need help spend their life struggling because of this limited view. Therapy is not for the weak and it isn’t for those who are “crazy.” In fact, crazy is just another example of those derogatory words that ruins lives making a taboo out of human suffering and physiological illness (that is illness of the brain, frequently perfectly treatable). Therapy is for those who are ready and willing to resolve their struggles and actively pursue happiness in life. 

So, let’s look at the few common reasons why one could be advised to start seeking therapy: 

1.     You have been feeling continually sad/overwhelmed/helpless (any symptom of emotional distress) for more than a week and talking with family and friends does not help

2.     Insomnia

3.     You are experiencing physical symptoms that can’t be easily explained through medical testing – frequently those are somatic symptoms, which have to be treated by the means of psychotherapy

4.     You struggle with chronic stress and feel unable to relax naturally 

5.     You feel misunderstood by others, unintentionally get into conflicts that undermine the quality of your relationships or feel unable to build lasting intimate relationships

6.     You feel chronically unmotivated or experience a mental block that prevents you from fulfilling your responsibilities at work or home

7.     You feel out of sync with the world around you

8.     You have a traumatic past that keeps haunting you 

9.     You feel nothing at all and have a need to use substances or do risky/harmful things to fight off a sense of emotional numbness.

Obviously these are only a few reasons and the list can go on. However, those are the symptoms that people sometimes unfortunately overlook. So if you identify yourself in one of those – please don’t hesitate to schedule an initial consultation.

Elizaveta Gaglio