I get it. Thinking about starting therapy and talking about your past can be so hard. The emotional toll it could take on you seems overwhelming. The thoughts that tell you not to share what you did or what they did can be loud and scary. What I also know is that doing nothing only worsens all of the emotions and takes an even larger toll on your current life and important relationships. If you can relate to this, I encourage you to hang in here with me and read through this blog. Could you work with a therapist to help you heal from past wounds? Therapy helps if you are willing to put the effort in.
There are many different circumstances that lead to us needing the help of a therapist to sort out our feelings toward them and their affects. Below we will take a look at different types of counseling and how it can help you.
Trauma often times comes from our childhood but can occur at any time in our lives. It can result from experiencing a traumatic circumstance and also from the harmful words said to us. When left untreated, trauma can affect our relationships as well as our ability to carry out necessary life tasks and responsibility. Seeking therapy for trauma can help.
Knowing when anxiety is negatively impacting our daily life can be hard to recognize. All of us experience some level anxiety, it’s completely normal. Our body uses anxiety to alert us of something happening. But how do you know if you have too much anxiety? If most of your waking hours become consumed by physical and mental symptoms, it is time to talk to someone about your anxiety. Struggling with anxiety can impact every aspect of your life. It can leave you feeling overwhelmed and uncertain what to do. You do not have to handle the feelings of excessive worry alone, we have anxiety therapists who can help.
When feelings of depression and isolation consume you, it can be very scary and lonely. Does the sadness feel like it will never end? Feelings of worthlessness or thoughts that you just can’t go on can point to depression. Do you choose to stay home instead of going out with friends the way you used to? Do you lack motivation or excitement for life? When these feelings interrupt your work or relationships, it is time to seek help from a depression therapist. You don’t have to walk this journey alone.
Throughout our lives we will experience many seasons of change. How do you navigate change? Some changes are good and exciting, but some changes are hard and not what you desired. Someone else’s choices, a relationship ending, divorce or financial trouble are just a few life transitions that can be hard to navigate the next steps. Upstate Restorative Counseling can help you as you walk through the changes and help make the best choices for you walk forward.
Let’s face it! Relationships can be hard. Your past wounds mixed with their past wounds can lead to hard relationship struggles that are not easy to overcome. You both may be feeling not heard or your emotions and opinions not being recognized. You both may have expectations in the relationship that do not align. This can bring hurt, anger and unresolved conflict. Therapy helps you achieve improved relationships.
Keep a Positive Mindset.
Keep a positive outlook focusing on your goals and need for healing. Look for a therapist you connect with. One who is a good listener, and you can establish a positive working relationship with. It may not feel easy at first, just do not give up. Change doesn’t come from choosing to change nothing. We have to take steps of change to bring about new things in our lives.
Your first appointment may be scary, and emotions may be high. Calmly and kindly speak to yourself reminding yourself that it will be ok. Remember your goal of healing and change. It may help to take a step back and see things with a wider perspective. Your issues and past seem huge to you and affect everything, but your therapist helps people through their wounds every day. Your story will not be too much for them. You are not too messed up to seek help. There is more regarding your first appointment here.
What to Expect in Counseling?
Your therapist will want to get to know you. Conversation at first may seem like general conversation, but that is necessary for them to get to know you and you to feel comfortable with them. This will help them in working with your specific concerns. I encourage you to be as open as possible. Pick and choosing what you share could eliminate some really important details that could help your healing. You may even find that the general conversations put you more at ease for starting therapy.
Being honest to yourself and with your therapist will result in the best results. Your therapist is there to help you work on setting attainable goals, to provide encouragement and accountability to help you move forward to where you want to be. It will take work on your side. Dedication and time between sessions will be needed to process your conversation and do whatever homework you were given.
Therapy is choosing to take steps to improve your quality of life. It is you choosing help to heal unhealthy relationships. It is you choosing a path toward freedom. Upstate Restorative Counseling has therapist ready to help you find your path forward.