Mental health, like physical health, is an issue for everyone. Some people enjoy a more robust physical health than others but even they can fall ill from time to time. The same is true with regards to mental health. Some people need more care than others. Some people suffer from chronic illness, mental or physical. Others need acute, temporary help. One fact is evident in any case: if you take care of your mental and physical health and seek help when you feel unwell, you are going to feel much better than you will if you ignore the symptoms.
How can you tell if you would benefit from mental health services?
Some indicators that you might benefit from talking to a therapist include: anxiety, depression, feelings that you or your life are out of control, destructive behaviours or fantasies, low self-esteem, life crises and changes, loss, divorce, sexual abuse or any abuse, past or recent, feelings of rage, feelings of being stuck, emotional numbness, insomnia, relationship difficulties, childhood or recent trauma, feelings of disconnection, feeling that you are not living authentically, confusion around gender or sexuality, family difficulties, feelings of being too sensitive, spiritual concerns or any aspect of your inner or outer life which could use some help. Psychotherapy for depression or anxiety is common, but the territory of our work is much more diverse than that.
As the above list reflects, mental health services such as therapy are not just for people who are “mentally ill”. Talking to a therapist can help you navigate the vicissitudes that occur in the lives of almost everyone. The world can be a difficult place these days for most of us. You don’t need to suffer alone. Sometimes getting the help you deserve can mean the difference between just surviving and thriving.