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Do I need therapy?

Therapy - also known as counselling, psychotherapy and talking therapy – is a process that involves you talking with a trained professional about your mental health issues or anything else that’s troubling you. During therapy, you’ll learn valuable tools to be able to manage your symptoms and return to a healthy and happy way of life.

Going to therapy isn’t a sign of weakness and isn’t anything to be ashamed about. Admitting that you need help and reaching out for this is really important so that you can get back on track. It’s also important to understand that you don’t need to have hit ‘rock bottom’ or have a diagnosed mental health condition in order to benefit from therapy. It might be that there’s something troubling you at the moment, or you need some help and guidance with certain areas of your life such as your self-esteem, relationships or issues from your past that have re-surfaced.

You can talk to a therapist about anything you’re going through if it’s having a negative impact on how you’re feeling.

Here, we outline the signs that you may need therapy, discuss the many benefits of therapy and provide tips on how you can find the right therapist for you so you can start your recovery journey.

Signs you may need therapy

If you find that you’re experiencing repeated emotional problems that are interfering with your day-to-day life, it might be that you could benefit from going to therapy.

You may be:

  • Feeling anxious
  • Generally feeling overwhelmed with everything
  • Overthinking and feeling as though you’re unable to ‘switch off’ from your thoughts
  • Feeling low and more tearful than usual
  • Getting angry more easily or struggling to regulate your emotions
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Avoiding socialising with other people
  • Uninterested in activities or hobbies you used to enjoy doing
  • Struggling at work, university or school
  • Feeling hopeless and as though there’s no way out
  • Using substances such as drugs or alcohol to help you get through the day
  • Having thoughts of harming yourself or feeling as though you don’t want to be here anymore

These symptoms may be a sign of an existing mental illness such as depression, anxiety or addiction, or they may have started for no clear reason. Alternatively, it may be that you’ve recently gone through something particularly stressful or traumatic, and this is having an impact on how you’re feeling.

Whatever the cause, if these problems or emotions are having a negative impact on your wellbeing and affecting your ability to function in your daily life, it’s important you get help. Therapy can help you to overcome your mental health worries and take back control.

The benefits of therapy

Therapy has lots of benefits and has the potential to have a hugely positive impact on your wellbeing and quality of life. Effective therapy can improve multiple areas of your life, benefiting you emotionally, socially, professionally and even helping you to feel better physically.

Just some of the benefits of therapy include:

  • The use of proven and evidence-based techniques to explore your issues and help you get back on track. Many therapeutic methods will equip you with skills and coping mechanisms for life, meaning that you’re able to use these tools in the future if you ever feel like you may be struggling
  • The chance to talk openly and honestly with someone who is qualified, non-judgemental and who will uphold your confidentiality. This is especially beneficial if you have been suffering in silence for a long time or don’t feel as though you can open up to friends or family about what you’re going through. Therapy gives you a safe space to work through your issues with someone who is compassionate and objective
  • The opportunity to learn more about yourself. This might include learning how your past has shaped who you are now, why you feel the way you do, and the triggers for your emotions. Developing a more thorough understanding of yourself can help you to be aware of your feelings, why they have come about, and how you can cope better in the future
  • Improving your relationships with other people, including loved ones and colleagues. Therapy can help you to develop more self-awareness so you know how your behaviours may be impacting on others and it may also enable you to communicate better with other people. Also, if your problems are stemming from relationship or family issues, therapy can help you to resolve these and move forwards in a healthy way
  • Improving your self-esteem. Therapy can help you to set goals for your future and empowers you to be proactive in taking positive steps forward. This can increase your confidence and your ability to take charge of your own emotions and wellbeing
  • The ability to access therapy at a time and a place that suits you. Our online therapy platform, Priory Connect, allows you to receive expert counselling and psychotherapy from the comfort of your own home

Finding a therapist

Once you’ve made the decision to seek therapy for your mental health challenges or other issues that are going on in your life, it’s important to take the next steps when it comes to finding a therapist.

At Priory, we have an extensive team of qualified therapists who are dedicated to helping you every step of the way towards achieving the fulfilling future you deserve.

You can search for a therapist on the specialists section of our website, or call us and our friendly customer service team will be able to listen to your concerns and recommend the best specialist and treatment centre for your individual needs. We’ll also be able to provide more information on the treatment programmes, formats and types of therapy that we’re able to offer at Priory. This includes our market-leading online therapy offering, Priory Connect.

Remember, whatever challenges you’re going through, whether you’re experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition, or going through other issues in certain areas of your life, you don’t have to struggle on your own. Therapy can help you to work through your difficulties in a safe and highly compassionate setting, empowering you to regain control. Take that next step today and get in touch – at Priory, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Blog reviewed by Zhila Alfrouz (BA, MA, BACP), CBT Therapist/Counsellor at Priory Wellbeing Centre Manchester.

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