“Does counseling work and should I try it?” If this is a question you are asking yourself, then I would tell you that therapy would be a great option for you. The stigma that has surrounded mental health has changed drastically over the years. People are more self-aware and understand that through professional help, personal goals can be achieved much more quickly. Being able to be free of endless worry, anxiety, depression, and have meaningful relationships is a goal that every person has. Finding the answers to how to achieve this goal is where people often get stuck. If you do not have the experience, education, or training in a subject then how can you expect to be an expert in it? You can’t. That is why using a therapist and trying counseling is a great option for anyone who wants to experience better quality of life.
The bottom line is that if you don’t know what’s broken, then you can’t fix it. Therapists are trained to see through to the things you are not able to identify. They have the knowledge, education, and experience to be able to show you what is broken, and to provide you with a road map on how to fix it.
This counseling road map is the key reason why people feel so much better after talking to a therapist. They don’t feel alone anymore, trying to fix something without the right tools.
Therapy gives you a greater sense of confidence because you become a part of a team. You are working collaboratively with someone that has your best interest and goals in mind. This will give you a sense of power in tackling what is going wrong in your life, relationships, career, health, or anywhere else.
Anxiety, depression, sadness, hopelessness, grief, and overwhelm. All of these emotions happen to everyone at some point in life. When they don’t get better or cause issues in other areas of your life, how do you deal with it?
In therapy, you not only learn how to cope with anxiety symptoms, but also how to eliminate anxiety. Finding a good therapist that specializes in anxiety, or other areas, will help you improve your symptoms much more quickly.
In counseling, you learn a lot about yourself, but you also learn about your relationships too. Growing up, we aren’t always taught how to act in love, friendship, or work. We only learn by watching others, but they don’t often have the answers either.
Teaming up with a professional therapist for relationship issues, family problems, or dealing with work dynamics, will empower you. This external resource will help you gain insight into how you are acting and ways to improve your thoughts about your relationships. You will also learn how to communicate and resolve conflict better.
Not every therapist is the same, but they all should have the same goal for you. That goal is that you leave counseling with a greater understanding about yourself, a healthier mindset, strategies and tools to use in your personal life, and a happier life.
That said, your first experience might not always be perfect, but don’t give up. Try again and find a better fit. There are too many positive benefits to therapy not to try again.
The answer is YES and it will work for you too. The only things that often gets in the way of reaching out to a therapist for help is excuses. Busy lives create barriers, budgets make it hard too, but the reality is that the longer you put it off, the longer you deny yourself the opportunity to feel better.
The truth is, after seeking therapy people find those excuses don’t matter anymore. They can manage busy lives better and feel empowered in other areas, such as finances, too. The only way to find out, is to give counseling a try and see for yourself. Call 407-592-8997 and speak to someone today about how to get started.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.