How to Tell if Therapy is Right for You

When it comes to your physical health, it’s pretty easy to know whether or not you need to see a doctor. If you catch a cold, there’s really no need to make an appointment; however, if you break your ankle, you need to immediately get to an emergency room. But when it comes to your mental and emotional health, things aren’t as clear cut.

Here are some examples of what might bring a person into therapy:

Anxiety and Depression

It’s common to feel anxious or sad from time to time, but if you’ve noticed your anxiety or sadness levels have increased and are interfering with your ability to do normal activities like work, household chores, and sleep, it may benefit you to talk to a psychotherapist.

Traumatic Events

Major traumatic events can leave us shaken to our core, even if they’ve happened years and years ago. Many people can be left wondering whether their life experiences have left them traumatized. Coming to terms with your life experiences by speaking with an empathetic trained mental health professional can help you to find your resilience and understand how these types of events affected you.

Disordered Eating

The relationship with food and body is complicated for most people in our western society. From thin and muscular body ideals to being consumed by counting your calories or macros. When our food becomes our life and takes up a large portion of our time, energy and leaves little room for the other pleasures of life, such as relationships and adventure, you may need some support in creating more balance.

If you feel that a loved one is suffering from disordered eating or a more severe eating disorder, whether it’s food rituals, binge eating, restriction, purging, exercise addiction, laxative use or a combination of many of the above symptoms, a professional can help. Often it is a loved one of the individual suffering that will approach a mental health professional first.

Communication Struggles

If you find yourself unable to express yourself clearly and/or openly with your significant other and are wondering if you need to up your communication skills, a therapist could help you understand what’s getting in the way and what needs to change.

Difficult Life Transitions

Difficulties such as the loss of a job, relocation or loss of a loved one can make a once-peaceful life seem chaotic and unbearable. The emotions that go along with these challenging life transitions can be a lot to handle alone. Speaking with a psychologist can be an effective way to process your emotions.

Although it can feel frightening and overwhelming to take that first step and reach out to a therapist, discussing your emotions and managing your behavior differently is an investment in yourself that can improve your quality of life in dramatic ways. If you or a loved one is interested in exploring therapy, contact me today. I would be happy to speak with you about how I may be able to help.

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Karin Lawson

150 S. Pine Island Road Suite 300
Plantation, FL 33324

7300 Biscayne Blvd Suite 200
Miami, FL 33138

karin@drkarinlawson.com
954-336-4049