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9 Good Reasons to Seek Counseling NOW

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9 Good Reasons to Seek Counseling NOW

 

Seeking help from a therapist or a behavioral health professional is fast gaining ground as a constructive decision towards bettering one’s emotional health and quality of life. Though the idea isn’t something that is commonly and openly flaunted, it does not bring about shame, and is not looked upon with disdain like it used to be in past decades. These days, seeing a therapist or counselor is viewed with more understanding and emotional/behavioral issues are treated with kindness.

One reason is because it is now accepted that health conditions are not flaws or faults that a person should feel guilty about or responsible for. Two, these issues are often unavoidable, especially if the concerned individual is in some way predisposed. Third, these issues are conditions, that can be treated. For these reasons, counseling, the primary drug-free mode of treatment for people with emotional/behavioral conditions, is now regarded as something positive.

There is no need to keep your emotional issues under wraps anymore. Just as counseling is effective for people – children, teens, adults, older adults, couples, parents, etc. – in an emotional crisis, it can also work for you in other ways. Whether you are gripped by intense symptoms of mood or behavioral disorders, or you wish to be more proactive or be able to function in your life better, counseling can help.   

 

When can counseling/therapy help? Here are the nine common reasons to seek help from a counselor or therapist:

 

  1. Resolve unsettling emotional conditions. The symptoms of an emotional or behavioral condition can be very disrupting and can unduly impact your overall functioning. These can result in your performance declining in the home or at work/school. These can affect the way you interact with others, damaging your/their relationships. These can similarly impact your physical wellbeing and quality of life.

With the help of a qualified professional, these symptoms can be assessed, treated and resolved. A counselor or therapist can also help in resolving or addressing arising issues.

 

  1. Sorting out and addressing powerful negative emotions. There are many things and occurrences in life that can generate powerful emotions and contribute to overwhelm. These include death, loss of a source of income, failing in licensure exams, etc. Even positive change; such as the birth of a child, moving and transition, and getting a job promotion or bigger business responsibility, can overwhelm you. Especially when several issues are occurring all at once.

Sorting out these issues is important to be able to address them properly. This is how a counselor/therapist can help. Once sorted and identified, they can help you resolve them, one issue at a time by gaining a better understanding of yourself.

 

  1. Tackling the issues affecting youngsters – children and teens. There can be many growing pains present when children become adolescents and when teens become adults. There are emotional conditions that may start early in life, such as ADHD and ODD. Young as they are, they may not be immune to conditions like anxiety and depression. With the physical, physiological, and psychosocial changes occurring as they are growing up, they are bound to encounter a lot of challenges. Without the right kind of help, they can easily get lost along the way.

Raising children and teens with issues can be very draining for the parents. Counseling and therapy can help the parents, as well as the children. A skilled professional can assess the symptoms or manifestations of the condition or issue of the children/teens and treat them.

 

  1. Resolving marital issues. According to Dr. Ryan Howes of Psychology Today, “For most people, relationships are the main thing, and if they’re going sour, life goes sour.” Being an important driving force in life, it isn’t surprising that most people who seek therapy are those who have relationship issues in their life.

With the help of an unbiased counselor at a neutral venue, you and your partner/spouse can have an easier time talking about your concerns and discussing the ways to resolve them. Counseling can also help you become more proactive, preventing the building up of issues and reinforcing your relationship to weather the “storms,” even before they come.

 

  1. Easing complicated grief and painful loss. Losing something or someone cherished in life can be excessively painful. Experiencing grief is an expected part of life, though, it is different from one person to another. It is a very personal experience that takes time for the pain of the loss to lessen. However, if grief is lingering and its intensity is not diminishing, it may be helpful to seek professional help.

A therapist can help you overcome the pain, especially when it is getting worse or becoming “complicated.” This kind of grief usually won’t just go away without therapy. It may also need to be treated right away as it can increase your risk to other emotional conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and overwhelm.

 

  1. Overcoming poor self-esteem. Sagging self-image can significantly impact your life and the ability to reach your potential, as it diminishes your faith in yourself and erodes your confidence. It can limit your performance and growth. It can prevent you from seeking opportunities and succeeding in your efforts. It can stop you from enjoying your interactions and relationships. It can prevent you from accomplishing what you set out to achieve.

Counseling can help because it can effectively identify the causes and triggers of your poor self-esteem or self-image. By understanding your issues, you can sort them out and resolve them. Your counselor can similarly help you address other concerns you have, so you can begin to accept yourself.

 

  1. Stopping addiction and minimizing relapse. Substance abuse can impair your brain’s structure and its ability to function. This can significantly affect your mind and body, as well as your behavior, interactive or social skills, and responses to reactions to various stimuli and situations. The impact of addiction can be extended to your family, friends, and workplace, and can cause further harm to your finances, career, studies, and other important pursuits.

Rehabilitation is a good first step to stop addiction, but relapse is a real possibility to more than 50 percent of cases. To have a fighting chance against relapse, you may need counseling as an integral part of your aftercare treatment. Counseling can also help in resolving the issues that affect the other aspects of your life. 

 

  1. Boosting emerging self-awareness. Teens can be wrought with many issues including many physical, physiological and social changes. During this developmental milestone, they will also be actively discovering their self-identity and independence. Their “growing pains” can sometimes take a toll on their emotions and behaviors. If you have an adolescent child, you can help them become better adjusted with counseling.

Self-awareness can foster empowerment and confidence. Counseling can help your teen discover self-awareness and identity by understanding this “passage” and using their challenges to improve their resilience. Having an extra pair of “professional hands” can likewise help you learn useful parenting skills you may not have known about. 

 

  1. Restoring and enhancing life balance. Life isn’t perfect. It can be more difficult when stability has been lost. Emotional conditions – depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, excessive guilt or grief, etc. – even marital and family issues can undermine your stability. As you are flooded with more commitments and responsibilities, you may neglect the other aspects of life – family, health, marriage, etc.

Counselors believe that an improved balance in life can be the ultimate benefit of counseling. With your life back in equilibrium, the benefits can trickle down to other facets of your life. For instance, restored and enhanced life balance can bring about harmony in the family and in personal relationships. With this renewed happiness, you can be more focused and motivated to fulfill responsibilities and take on challenges.

 

These are the top nine benefits of counseling and there are still other “whys and wherefores” that it can address or resolve. If you or a loved one is burdened with an emotional condition, or bothered by weighty issues, seek assistance from a qualified counselor/therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC. Remember, seeing a therapist or counselor is now viewed as a proactive and positive decision. There is no shame involved. Rather, be hopeful because it could be the start of a happier, more satisfying life for you and your loved ones.

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  • Shnika Davis LCSW, LCAS-A

    Specializes in: (Ages 6+) Depression, Substance Abuse, Life transitions, Grief and Loss, Trauma, Anxiety, Adjustments Disorders, Family, Couples and Marriage
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