When should I seek counseling?
I want to be well, I want to improve
There are life situations that cause suffering and pain and are able to deal with your own resources, such as death of a loved one, frustrations when things do not go as you would like, difficult decisions involving major changes ...
But there are other situations in which you have tried everything and are not able to resolve the situation for yourself. In which case, asking for help from a professional is the best way forward.
- When you feel trapped in a situation from which you are unable to break free.
- You have frequent conflicts with those around you.
- You think that nobody understands you.
- You feel very sad without knowing why.
- You lack motivation to move forward.
- You're not in control of what happens to you.
- You're not comfortable with yourself or with the life you lead.
- You take substances like alcohol or drugs to feel better.
- You have physical symptoms that concern you (anxiety, tachycardia, insomnia, dermatitis, migraines, etc..).
- You suffer from mood swings.
- You suffer from social phobia.
- You worry about everything.
- You find it difficult to control your anger, and you take it out on others.
- You're not sure how to deal with your difficulties.
- You suffer from pressure at work, bullying, etc.
While studying abroad I found myself struggling. The pressure of adjusting to a new, very different environment, along with several extenuating circumstances back at home took a toll on my mood ...
Seeking counseling is not admitting weakness. It is the bravest thing that you can do during trying times. Seeking counseling is admitting that there are various details about yourself and your life that you what to work to change. Beyond this, it is highly therapeutic to be selfish once in a while and speak only about the things you want to talk about.
Esther offered me a caring ear and very good advice. I have never before felt the need for counseling, but study abroad is a very difficult and transitional experience.
Esther helped me greatly dealing with these transitions and I am very grateful for all the help she provided me. I have never done counseling prior to seeing Esther and felt adversely towards the idea but following this experience, my opinion of therapy has taken a complete switch.