When is the right time to get therapy? If you are asking yourself this question, the answer is probably now. For some reason, people are under the impression that therapy is only for people in crisis. Not true. Before you are in crisis you can look objectively at what is going on and work with your therapist to implement coping strategies to keep it from getting any worse. If you are already in crisis, therapy is still a great intervention it will just take somewhat longer to see results.
How do I know therapy is right for me? Therapy is for everyone and is a safe place where you can talk about life’s challenges such as job stress, grief, relationship issues, and family troubles. You have the benefit of knowing everything you say is confidential, and the person you are speaking with can be objective and impartial. Therapy is also a place where you can learn valuable coping skills to address depression, anxiety, racing or intrusive thoughts and more. Your therapist can help you gain an understanding of what could be causing your symptoms. Together you can explore treatments and interventions to reduce or eliminate these problems.
What about medication? Therapy has shown to be an excellent option for people taking medication and for people who don’t. Getting therapy doesn’t automatically mean you should be taking medication. According to the American Psychological Association, psychotherapy can be more effective than medication in the treatment of anxiety and life stressors. For depression, medication and psychotherapy together can be more effective than medication alone.
If you or a loved one is struggling with emotions or a life situation, give your therapist a call. We are ready and waiting to help you get back to feeling like you again.