6 Subtle Signs You'd Benefit From Therapy
I don't think there's anyone on this Earth that has everything handled 100 percent of the time. And, because of that, I think nearly everyone stands to benefit from speaking with a therapist. There are, in fact, some subtle signs you'd benefit from therapy — even those of you who feel confident you're totally rocking the whole life thing. There's nothing wrong with asking for help if you need it and, even if you don't think you need "help", sometimes processing things verbally — both good and bad — can lead to new insights that you never would have thought of if you were just thinking through something in your head on your own.
Though the way society as a whole views therapy is changing, some people still avoid it for fear of what friends and family members (or strangers) might think. Others choose to see a therapist, but avoid talking about it. According to Greatist, one of the best times to seek the support of a mental health professional might actually be when things are going well. Working on yourself is surely easier to accomplish when you're not dealing with a major crisis and if you're already seeing a therapist, you may be able to catch (and handle) anything minor before it balloons into something bigger. Here, six less-than-obvious signs that you might benefit from therapy so that you can be your best you, because isn't that what everyone's really looking for?
1. You're An Over-Thinker
Over-thinkers think through everything, and when you think they've come to a conclusion, they think it through again. If all that over-thinking is making you anxious or worked up, or you're veering towards perfectionism (what if I make the wrong choice?), you might benefit from talking it out with a pro. According to Hara Estroff Marano and Psychology Today, more often than not, perfectionism leads to negative emotions, not positive.
2. You Feel Stuck
Not "stuck" as in you can't move, but stuck as in you're not happy with a particular situation, be it a job you hate, a relationship that you feel is over, or a living situation you don't love. Dr. Joel Wong, a professor of counseling psychology, told Men's Health that most of his male clients initially come to him because of that "stuck in a rut" feeling, with which a therapist may be able to assist.
3. You're Trying To Figure Out What's Best
Venting to loved ones can help you process or work through feelings, events, decisions, or change. Of course you'd hope that they'd reserve any judgment or personal opinions in favor of what's really best for you. But sometimes that's hard to do that. A therapist can set their personal opinions aside and provide the perspective of an uninvolved party, according to Greatist.
4. You're Working On Yourself
If you subscribe to that "New Year, new me" mentality and are working on being braver, more confident, less judgmental, or whatever else, a therapist might be able to help. Not only do therapists reserve their judgments and opinions, but, according to Buzzfeed, a therapist's office is a safe space for you to work on whatever you feel you need.
5. You Need Someone To Keep You Accountable
Is this year your year? If you have a list of goals you want to accomplish, a therapist or life coach can help you work towards those goals and actually succeed, according to The Huffington Post. This year is your year.
6. You're Holding A Grudge
Still mad at that grown-up mean girl who made you feel horrible? According to Buzzfeed, a therapist can help you forgive - even if you can't really forget. Forgiveness is hard and can take time, but talking it out can help.