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When should you consider Counseling?

There are many misconceptions about counseling and therapy that prevent people to access services and get the help they need. Even if you believe some of the myths about therapy, I highly encourage you to try it for yourself, and challenge some of those misconceptions. Psychotherapy can really help!

Some people think that counseling is "for crazy people" or that "it takes forever to get results". Some other people think that you get counseling only when "your problems are severe" or that "you should be able to solve your problems on our own." Reality is that your problems don't need to be severe to be addressed in counseling and you don't need to solve them alone when you can have someone support you and help you get clear, teach you coping tools to manage emotions associated with your problems, and teach you new ways to approach those problems. Counseling doesn't need to take forever, The length of counseling depends on what you want to get from your sessions and what you want to accomplish. Setting goals with your therapist will help you stay focused and motivated. The severity of the problems that you bring into counseling will also determine the length of the process. Make sure that you interview the therapist you choose and ask her how she works with your specific concerns, if she can recommend additional providers if needed such as a nutritionist or psychiatrist, or a higher level of care if your problems can't be solved with with counseling (i.e. treatment facility for substance abuse or eating disorders).

Most counseling is short-term, generally lasting between six to ten sessions. Good counselors are invested in helping you meet your goals and often use a variety of clinical skills that help you reach your goals in a relatively short period of time so you can successfully function independently and without having to rely on counseling. Some of the signs that will show you that you could benefit from therapy or counseling include:

  • You feel an overwhelmed by feelings of sadness, fear and hopelessness.

  • Overwhelming emotions don't seem to get better despite your efforts, time or things that you used to do before to feel better.

  • Your feelings are affecting your relationships and your family and friends perhaps have said that they are concerned about you or that you have changed.

  • You find it difficult to concentrate on school or work assignments and completing everyday activities seems overwhelming.

  • You worry excessively and expect the worst feelings constantly on edge and emotionally drained.

  • You’re restricting meals, eating emotionally, drinking too much alcohol, using drugs or being aggressive with family and friends.

  • You were diagnosed with a medical issue or might be experiencing a chronic illness or pain that is interfering with your emotional or physical well-being.

  • You’re not enjoying activities that you used to enjoy before and tend to isolate feeling like nobody would understand what you’re going through.

  • You’re going through a divorce, facing an empty nest, feeling overwhelmed by the birth of a new child, a new job or grieving a family member's death.

Imagine a life filled with hope, strength, and joy, free of emotional and physical pain. How would your life look like? What would you be doing? Who would be with you? Get help today from the comfort of your own home! Contact me directly at 561.305.2497 or send me an email at carolinagaviriamhc@gmail.com and get a FREE 30 minute phone assessment today!

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