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  • Writer's pictureDr. Edden Agonafer, PsyD

How do I know I should consider psychotherapy?

Updated: Jun 20, 2022

Due to the numerous myths surrounding psychotherapy, you may be hesitant to pursue it. Even if you are aware of the realities rather than the falsehoods, you may be apprehensive about trying it yourself.

It is worthwhile to overcome your nervousness–that is because psychotherapy can be beneficial at any point in your life when your quality of life is lower than you desire.

Certain individuals seek psychotherapy because they have been sad, nervous, or angry for an extended period of time. Others may seek assistance due to a chronic condition impairing their mental or physical well-being. Others may be experiencing short-term difficulties that require assistance navigating–moving, changing careers, starting school or graduating, going through a divorce, facing an empty nest, burdened by a new job, or grieving the loss of a loved one.

Here are a few reasons why you may benefit from therapy:

  • Your difficulties do not appear to be improving despite your efforts and the assistance of family, friends, and others in your community.

  • You are overcome with a pervasive and lasting sense of helplessness or hopelessness.

  • You have difficulty concentrating on job projects or performing other routine tasks.

  • You fret excessively, anticipate the worst, and are perpetually on edge

  • Your relationship with others is challenged as a result of your struggles or their struggles

  • Your actions, such as excessive alcohol consumption, drug or substance use, or aggression, endanger you or others.

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