When is the right time for therapy? This question might be something you’ve asked yourself before. The truth is, the “right time” will differ depending on who you ask. Not everyone shares the same experiences; therefore, gauging the right time can be a difficult thing to do. Sometimes, people might feel as if what they are going through might not be severe enough to warrant going to therapy, or sometimes might just push the idea to the side and hope the situation blows over. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Therapy is always available for anybody who is considering it.
We can experience a wide range of emotions. There are times when we might not know how to handle those feelings appropriately, which can be challenging—having someone to talk to can serve as a great medium when trying to figure it out. There are so many little things that can significantly impact our lives that we might not even be aware of them. We condition ourselves to revert to our automatic responses, which might include trying to keep pushing through. However, when that is all we are doing, it’s very easy to get exhausted quickly. That’s why having an outlet is important to have.
We live in a world where we are constantly busy and moving forward that we might neglect certain aspects of ourselves. By being in an autopilot mode, these behaviors can manifest into something later on and we don’t know how to deal with a problem effectively. Having this outlet allows us to decompress from the everyday stressors that we may be experiencing.
Whether it is personal issues that haven’t been addressed or issues in your social life, work life, academic career, or relationship network, being able to talk about these problems freely can provide us with some clarity and a sense of direction that we might not find if we keep avoiding the issues.
...And yes, talking to someone you don’t know can be a daunting task, but it can also help you gain some insight and look at things from a different perspective. So, when is the right time for therapy? That really all depends. Talking about our issues is never easy.
However, if you are thinking about going to therapy, that’s probably a good place to start.
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.