One common misconception about therapy is that it’s only for people with “serious issues.” At Oregon Counseling, we work to remove the stigma of mental health treatment. While many people see therapists for common mental health struggles, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, or grief, others may go to therapy for the simple desire to improve themselves as a person. You can see a therapist at any stage of life.
Here are 5 signs beyond concrete mental health issues that you may benefit from therapy:
1-You Feel Stuck
Do you feel like you’re at a crossroads? Or are you having a hard time moving on from something? Therapy is a safe space to talk about any and all of life’s challenges. Going to therapy can help those of us who are seeking another perspective of someone who will listen and provide helpful tools for living a full life.
2-You Want to Improve Your Relationships
At Oregon Counseling, we believe that mental health and relationships go hand in hand. Whether you want to improve the relationship with your family, your partner or yourself, our therapists focus on these dynamics and can help you build stronger relationships that are full of love and respect.
3-You Want to Understand What You’re Feeling
We all feel frustrated, confused, dissatisfied, or overwhelmed at times. It’s when these upset feelings turn into persistent intrusive thoughts, distracting us and taking up a lot of our day, that they become difficult to manage. Perhaps you’re feeling anxious or depressed and you’re not sure what’s causing those feelings. Or maybe you have experienced a loss or some form of trauma and are unsure about how to process at the moment. Therapy can help you learn about what you’re feeling, why you’re feeling it and how to cope.
4-You Want to Improve Your Communication
One major element of relationships is communication. Perhaps you’re unsure about how to bring up something that’s been on your mind to a family member. Or you’re having trouble communicating some of your feelings with your partner. Therapy can help you improve your communication skills so that you are able to have healthy and fulfilling relationships with those around you.
5-You Don’t Need a Sign
Lastly, you don’t need a certain “sign” to go to therapy. You don’t even need to be experiencing something necessarily bad or difficult to visit a therapist. Many people use therapy as a space to set new goals for themselves, to work on bettering themselves and to live a more fulfilling life. It can be a very comforting process to have an entire hour to talk about whatever’s on your mind. In that space you can receive complete validation and support, without judgement and focused on growth.
Therapy can be such a valuable experience because it is an investment in yourself. At Oregon Counseling, we believe that therapy shouldn’t be seen as a weakness, but instead a strength. Being vulnerable and sharing your life is a brave and powerful act. Becoming in touch with your emotions and every aspect of yourself is also incredibly liberating. If you would like to begin therapy and see a therapist at Oregon Counseling, you can request an appointment with us today.