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4 Signs It's Time to Consider Therapy

Few people feel comfortable sharing their feelings with strangers, but therapy can provide an outlet for fears and anxiety, a healthy way to build coping skills, and clarity about your condition(s). 

If you’re concerned about burdening or worrying friends and family, talking things out with a therapist can help you get in touch with your feelings in a safe and productive manner.  

At Genesis Psychiatric Solutions, board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Ifeanyi Olele provides a range of mental health services, including psychotherapy. You can access these services through in-person appointments or via telepsychiatry.  

When to consider therapy 

While not everyone requires therapy, almost everyone can benefit from it. Psychotherapy isn’t a treatment for something that’s wrong with you, but rather a tool for you to better understand yourself and your feelings. 

Chances are, if you’re researching therapy, you’d benefit from it. If you still have doubts about whether to commit, here are four signs that it’s time to consider talking to a professional. 

You want to change, but don’t know how

Addiction, bad habits, and even your daily routine can become a drain on your mental health. If you’re having trouble dealing with your impulses or want to initiate positive change in your life, a therapist can help you set realistic goals and meet them. 

Your symptoms feel worse or overwhelming

A decline in your mood or worsening symptoms is a clear indication that you need help. If you don’t know what’s wrong, psychotherapy can give you the insight you need. 

You crave support and understanding 

Even if you have a loving family and circle of friends, you might be lacking the support you need. This isn’t anyone’s fault, just a sign that you need to seek that support elsewhere. In these cases, a therapist can become a valuable part of your network. 

Your life is changing in big ways

Change is hard for everyone, and you don’t have to be struggling to need therapy. In fact, seeking therapy while you’re mentally healthy can give you the coping skills you need to keep it that way.

Benefits of therapy 

The benefits of therapy depend on the type of therapy, and why you’re seeking help. Generally speaking, therapy can help improve your mood, confidence, mental health, coping skills, and more. 

As you grow more self-aware of your emotions and symptoms, you will feel more in control. Therapy also gives you the skills to deal with personal and professional setbacks and conflicts, improving your relationships with co-workers, friends, family, and intimate partners. 

Even if you can’t visit a therapist or feel uncomfortable during in-person meetings, you have options to maintain your mental health. The field of telemedicine has grown to include telepsychiatry, which allows you to make and attend appointments without leaving your home. 

This is especially important for those lacking transportation, time, and resources to seek traditional therapy. Many people forgo mental health treatment due to the assumed cost and effort required, but it’s easier than ever to talk to a professional and get the guidance you need. 

To learn more about your options and schedule an appointment, call us at Genesis Psychiatric Solutions or request a consultation online. We have locations in Fairfax and Alexandria, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

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