IS IT TIME FOR ME TO START THERAPY?
You’ve long known that life is full of ups and downs. But old time-y sayings like “give it time” and played-out patterns of self-care don’t seem to be cutting the stress and moodiness that you feel most days. The thought that you’re overreacting feels both insulting and confusing. Why can’t you have more than a few good days (or one good day) before the overwhelm comes creeping back in? Is it time to start therapy?
If you are asking yourself this question, you are not alone. According to Mental Health America, one in four adults in this country have a period of overwhelming mental and emotional stress in any given year. However, it is likely there are far more than that, because there are still individuals who put off getting help because of outmoded myths, mindsets, and misconceptions. Some of these are well meaning and maybe you’ve done some of them yourself. Such as the idea that asking for help shows that you’re “weak” and can’t handle life, Or that you just need more self-care, self-love or a DIY-meditation schedule.
But therapy is actually a smart, strong and proactive way to deal with problems. The therapists at Guided Wellness Counseling understand that when you come to therapy there can be a fear of the unknown, fear of change, or fear of what they might discover about themselves. Admittedly, taking that first step does require some courage. But the rewards of good therapy far outweigh that initial discomfort.
ST. GEORGE UT: IS THERE THERAPY THAT CAN HELP ME?
Some people have doubts about the effectiveness of therapy. Perhaps someone they know had a bad experience, or maybe they saw a television show that portrayed a negative image of therapy. While it is true that sometimes a therapist isn’t a good fit for a particular client, it is important to realize that the field of mental health is carefully regulated and guided by strict codes of ethics. These ensure that practitioners are fully trained in evidence-based interventions and held to industry-recognized best practices for client safety and effective treatment. In the event you find yourself working with a practitioner you are not comfortable with, you always have the right to terminate and find a better fit.
At Guided Wellness Counseling clients start with a brief phone consultation. This time allows us to explore your pain points (depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, faith crisis, etc) and answer all your questions. Then, we’ll match you with the best therapist on our team and offer you a range of days and times that fit your schedule – from morning to early evening. We take time to get to know you and work to find a balance between
helping you cope and, perhaps more importantly, doing the deep healing to reduce the amount of distress you are coping with!
WHY ARE SOUTHERN UTAH WOMEN SEEKING THERAPY?
Why not just talk to a friend or family member? Therapists are trained to listen carefully and to remain unbiased when hearing about the problems of their clients, whereas the average person is more likely to want to tell you their own story. Further, therapists are trained in specific interventions to help clients, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Internal Family Systems, Humanistic Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy…the list is long. It takes someone with training and experience to know which one to use in a given situation.
Also, we recognize that you may not want to share what you are going through with loved ones. We often see women in our office who are dealing with deeply intimate events and they aren’t ready to share with their family or friends, or they don’t have family or friends that would be emotionally safe and supportive. Some of these events include:
- Miscarriage and infertility (including IVF)
- Cheating / Infidelity
- Stress and negotiation of open marriages
- Faith crisis
- Prolonged grief
- Sexuality and sexual pleasure
- and so much more…
WHO ACTUALLY NEEDS A THERAPIST?
Most of us would agree that being human isn’t easy. Even in a place as beautiful as St. George – the struggles are real. Even things as simple as a chronically dirty kitchen can trigger feelings of “failing” at life. Or losing your temper and feeling rage toward your children. Resentment towards your partner can lead to feeling distant and irritable. All this said, you don’t need to have a diagnosis to seek therapy. These simple things are more than enough.
At one time or another, all of us might need some help with issues in our life. But how can you know it is time to start looking? The American Psychological Association offers a handy rule of thumb: seek therapy when something is causing you distress and interfering with some part of your life. This is particularly true when you find yourself thinking about it or coping with it for an hour or more every day, or when you feel embarrassment to the degree you find yourself avoiding others.
Want more clarity? There are several specific signs of needing therapy. One of these alone would be a vote that you start therapy. Here is a list for you to consider:
- Feeling overwhelmed or fatigued.
- Unresolved childhood issues or other trauma.
- Episodes of too-big rage, anger, or resentment.
- Anxious or intrusive thoughts or panic attacks.
- Unrelenting grief about the loss of someone or something you loved.
- Losing interest in your usual activities, the world around you, or life in general.
- Depression, sadness, or hopelessness.
- Social withdrawal.
- You can’t step outside the house without extreme anxiety.
Please remember, you don’t have to be in crisis to seek help. Life can be stressful for many reasons. Technology is changing rapidly, family cohesiveness is strained by differing political views as well as the need to move away for a career, and finances are a strain for many. In addition to resolving deep-seated issues like trauma and depression, therapists can help problem-solve, connect you to resources (e.g. groups, smartphone apps, etc), and impart new, healthy coping skills so that you can better manage the day-to-day.
HOW CAN I FIND A THERAPIST NEAR ME IN ST. GEORGE, UT?
Finding a therapist near you is pretty easy. Finding the right therapist can be a little more nuanced. The Psychology Today website (psychologytoday.com) provides a search engine that will filter results based on the zip code you enter. This tool also can filter your results by the issue you want to work on and the kind of therapy you’d like to receive, like EMDR therapy. However, keep in mind that there are probably many therapists in your area who have not subscribed to this website, so a Google search is another great option. It can be hard for therapists to receive Google reviews due to privacy regulations. So if they have a few 5-star reviews, you may want to read through them!
Regardless of how you find your therapist, you’ll want to take advantage of any free consultation they offer. At Guided Wellness Counseling the process is super straightforward. Simply call or text for your complimentary phone consultation and set aside 15 minutes. You’ll be asked to share as much (or as little) as you like about what inspired you to seek therapy. You might say something like, “I’ve been feeling really anxious and overwhelmed lately…” or “I’ve had a few losses in this last year and I’m struggling to move forward.” We’ll ask a few questions for clarity and then suggest the best therapist on our team to help you reach your goals.
As our world becomes more complex, navigating life becomes more difficult. But the good news is that therapy and counseling is a rich and reliable resource that produces lasting improvements in people’s quality of life. We look forward to serving you and helping you live an adventurous life.