Will Therapy Help? Deciding to Start Therapy
Deciding to start therapy and how it might help is a big step towards improving your mental and emotional well-being. You’re more likely to benefit if you’re committed to fully participating in therapy and building a strong relationship with your therapist. Results depend on actively contributing in sessions and trying different ways of thinking and being in your day-to-day life. In order to get the most out of it, it helps to understand your needs and hopes for therapy.
Points to consider when deciding if therapy can help:
Emotions and Struggles: Are you experiencing persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, or stress? Is it challenging to cope with daily life or significant life events because you feel overwhelmed? If you’re struggling with your emotions or facing difficult circumstances, therapy can provide a supportive environment to explore and address these challenges.
Interference with Daily Functioning: Do your emotions interfere with your ability to function effectively in relationships or fulfill responsibilities? Mental health concerns can impact your daily life, preventing you from accomplishing goals (big or small), despite best efforts. Therapy can include guidance and strategies to improve your motivation and sense of effectiveness.
Self-Reflection and Growth: Are you interested in gaining a deeper understanding of yourself, thinking patterns, and behaviors? Therapy promotes self-reflection, personal growth, and improved coping mechanisms. A therapist can offer insights into your past that can help you develop strategies for a more fulfilling future.
Support System: Consider the strength of your support system. Your friends and loved ones can be an essential source of comfort, but sometimes an objective perspective can be valuable. A therapist can provide specialized expertise in addressing mental health challenges.
Professional Opinion: Consulting with a therapist or other mental health professional can provide you with an expert opinion on whether therapy might be useful for your specific situation. A therapist can also help you evaluate your concerns and determine the most appropriate course of action.
Seeking therapy is a personal decision, and I want to emphasize there’s no shame in reaching out for help. If you’re uncertain, some therapists offer brief consultations, or you can schedule an initial session to discuss your concerns and determine if therapy is the right path for you.
Contact Lee Ann for more information or to schedule. You can also self-schedule a 10-minute consultation or initial session. Prism Art Therapy offers therapy for people with chronic illness, body image issues, disordered eating, women with ADHD and those who are experiencing grief and loss.