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Would Counseling Help?

Would Counseling Help?

Life is hard. Sometimes we need help. It is often hard for us to come to a place of knowing we need help. Do you wonder would counseling help? If so, I hope you can find more clarity in knowing if counseling would help you and what you struggle with. Let’s dive in!

Many things can affect our abilities to move forward in life in a positive healthy manner. Factors such as environment, upbringing, circumstances or physical happenings can confuse or alter our processing in such a way that it can be difficult to handle what is thought as “normal” life activities. Today we will take a look at ways to know would counseling help. People seek counseling for many reasons. There are physical, emotional and mental factors to consider when you are trying to decide would counseling help. Below we will break down those three areas into examples of life events that can cause us to process circumstances in an unhealthy way.

Do You Have Physical Needs?

We may not always understand how our past can influence our present, but there are actions or reactions that make identifying would counseling help easier. Below is a list of actions or habits that may be a sign that counseling could help you physically overcome something from your past.

  • Unhealthy habits you can not break- smoking, over drinking
  • Overwhelmed by owning responsibility
  • Finding little joy in experiences or relationships
  • You isolate and prefer to be alone most times
  • Hard time sleeping or eating

This list is not extensive, rather, suggestions to help you gauge would counseling help you. Many try to continue through life doing what they know, but if that isn’t working, it’s ok to need help.

Do You Have Emotional Needs?

Like physical needs, emotional needs are important. When those needs are not fully met during our upbringing, we have gaps in our development that leaves us handling life and circumstances in ineffective ways. Again, below is a list of signs to help you recognize if you could use help with understanding your emotional struggles.

  • Frequent feelings of stress, anxiety, panic or overwhelmed
  • Intrusive, negative thoughts
  • Disproportionate anger, rage or resentment
  • Social withdrawal
  • Helplessness or hopelessness

Recognizing that you carry the heavy weight of some of these feelings can be scary. Depending on your experiences with sharing those feelings with others, you may feel like you have to keep those inside. We are here to help you create an action plan forward. We are here to listen and help. You don’t have to feel alone in your experiences and thoughts. Counseling can help you.

Do You Have Mental Needs?

Like physical and emotional needs, there are signs that some mental needs weren’t met at some point in your life. If your upbringing had hard and difficult experiences mixed with a lack of emotional and mental support, chances are counseling would help. We can choose today to take a stand for ourselves and seek help overcoming what seems like the impossible. If the below list seems familiar to you, counseling can help you overcome.

  • Coping with problems instead of resolving
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Overwhelming thoughts
  • Inability to redirect thoughts
  • Excessive fear, worry, stress, anxiety or guilt

While the examples above are a place to start when trying to recognize if an area or your life could use counseling, it is not extensive. Each of us are unique and our life experiences make us so different from one another. There simply isn’t an answer that works for all of us. There is counseling that helps us each of answer what works. Upstate Restorative Counseling is here to help you. We listen. We care. We work with you for an action plan forward.

If you have questions, feel free to call us. We are to listen to you. We understand for many people taking that first step to make that call is sometimes hard. You’re not alone.

Would you like to read more on your first counseling appointment and what to expect? Check out this blog post for help on what to expect.

Help! I Am Drowning In Clutter

Help! I Am Drowning In Clutter

Clutter can have many negative effects on our lives. So often what starts as a little clutter here and there can grow into a whole house filled to the brim with stuff and we are not even sure how we got to this place, let alone how to start to make a change.

Clutter can affect us and our lives in many ways:

  • increases our stress
  • feels overwhelming
  • overstimulates us
  • makes it hard to focus
  • takes extra time and energy to find items
  • creates safety issues
  • can bring feelings of embarrassment
  • can lead to isolation
  • makes it hard to socially have people over
  • does not provide a calm place to unwind and exhale at the end of the day

Clutter can affect us mentally and physically. Some thoughts that might start you on this process:


In a society that promotes instant availability and so many options for connection, we may need to make some decisions on how to clear out some mental clutter.

Schedule times to take a digital detox break:

  • from social media
  • phone notifications
  • apps
  • texting
  • and if possible, your phone completely

Our minds were never meant to have all the information that comes at us daily and we need time to exhale from the constant interaction that our culture has come to expect. The more regularly that you can do this the better. Set some boundaries such as no work calls after a certain time, or after 9pm no looking at your phone till the next morning. Do what you need! You will very quickly see the most of what we rush to do, can really wait for at least a little while.


Clutter can definitely feel overwhelming and cause us to not even know where to start to clear out things. Here are some ideas to help you get started:

Start Small.

Big projects can feel overwhelming because there is so much to do. Start with one small step. Take one drawer in your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom. Empty is out and separate items into these categories:

  • keep
  • donate
  • throw away

Divide the items from the drawer into those piles. Then put back in what you are keeping. Put the donate items in a bag and either place it by your door or in your car to drop off at the donation bin and then throw the trash away. It is important to complete all 3 tasks so you can move on to the next drawer or area to declutter.

Sentimental Items.

This can be a tough decision when it comes to what to do with these items. If it is really important to you find a home for the item and treasure it. If it something that you have been given but maybe does not hold as much sentimental value, what about taking photos of those items so you keep a memory of the item and then passing it along to another person who will treasure it.

Celebrate Successes.

Continuing to do these small steps will help you work through all the areas of your home that need de-cluttering. It is not an easy job to declutter, but you can do! Take it slow and celebrate each area you complete.

If you need some help in working through decluttering, our therapists are happy to help with that journey. For more information:https://upstaterestorativecounseling.com/anxiety/