Other times we simply realise that nobody around us is able to offer us the feedback we need without colouring their responses with their own hopes and desires. We can’t pinpoint what we ourselves actually need because we are too intertwined with the needs of others.
A counsellor or psychotherapist provides a safe, confidential and unbiased space for you to share and discuss anything that is troubling you.
4. Is there a big choice I need to make I’ve been struggling with?
If you can’t seem to gain clarity on something important like awedding or career change, it’s more than enough of a reason to see a therapist. Counsellors and psychotherapists are trained at listening carefully, then asking just the right questions to help you see a new way forward.
5. Is my worry increasing, and are my thoughts less logical?
While anxiety is treatable, if it’s left untreated too long it can turn into an anxiety disorder that can be harder to overcome.
6. Have I lost interest lately in things I used to love?
Yes, sometimes we just grow up and realise that our old hobbies don’t really suit who we are anymore.
But if you can’t explain why you are no longer interested in the sports you used to love, or in seeing the friends you were always happy to be around, and if you’ve also experienced stress or a life change lately, it could be worth talking to a therapist. Losing interest in life is a common sign of depression.
7. Have friends been avoiding me, or saying they are worried about me?
If your good friends are suggesting they are worried about you, and/or your less close friends suddenly avoiding you, it’s worth being brave and booking a session with a therapist. And if it really is in the end just your friends being bossy with you, a therapist is able to help you work on attracting better relationships into your life!
But if it’s been a few months and you can’t seem to recuperate from a shock it is suggested to seek support. Sometimes a life change can trigger old repressed memories or hidden emotions that need dealing with.
9. Do I have a habit that I keep secret from others that causes me ongoing shame and/or life problems?
Just because something is hidden doesn’t mean it’s not a major problem.
These questions cover the most common reasons that people come to therapy, such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, difficult life changes, and addictions. But there are many other reasons to seek support. Join our blog now to receive the next post in this series, “Surprising questions that show you could benefit from therapy”.