Can Therapy Help Me?

February 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM

If you’ve ever considered seeing a therapist, you might have wondered whether therapy was something that was right for you or could be of help.  Perhaps you weren’t sure whether what you had been experiencing or feeling was something with which therapy could help you.  Here are some common reasons for which people consider getting therapy.

If you have noticed that there are certain patterns in your life which keep recurring and with which you are not happy, whether it be related to your work or in your personal relationships and dealings with friends and/or family, you might consider that changing how you approach these situations could help disrupt these undesirable patterns and establish alternate outcomes.  This is something with which therapy may be able to help you.

A more obvious reason for considering therapy might be uncomfortable moods or feelings about your life.  Perhaps you are frequently feeling sad or depressed, whether about nothing in particular or about a past traumatic event or tragedy.  Alternately, maybe you are often anxious or unsettled by day to day obligations, being around others, or even occasionally experiencing panic attacks. Panic Disorder

Sometimes therapy isn’t necessarily sought out to solve a problem, but rather used as a tool for existential exploration.  Maybe you want to better understand yourself or try to find some meaning to your life and how you fit into the world around you. Existential Crisis

Often parents will seek therapy either for themselves, their children, or even the entire family as a way to try to improve or understand the interplay of family dynamics and how the members of the family relate to one another.

Lastly, therapy can be useful in helping to manage debilitating symptoms of more severe mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), autistic spectrum disorders, or schizophrenia. 

Types of Bipolar Disorder – The Bipolar Spectrum

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Eating Disorders



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