Do you ever feel too overwhelmed to deal with your problems? If so, you’re not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than a quarter of American adults experience depression, anxiety, or another mental disorder in any given year.
Some people seek psychotherapy because they have felt depressed, anxious, or angry for a long time. Others may want help for a chronic illness that is interfering with their emotional or physical well-being. Still others may have short-term problems they need help navigating. They may be going through a divorce, facing an empty nest, feeling overwhelmed by a new job, or grieving a family member’s death, for example.
A psychologist can help you work through such problems. Through psychotherapy, psychologists help people of all ages live happier, healthier, and more productive lives.
In psychotherapy, psychologists apply scientifically validated procedures to help people develop healthier, more effective habits. There are several approaches to psychotherapy—including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and other kinds of talk therapy—that help individuals work through their problems.
Hundreds of studies have found that psychotherapy helps people make positive changes in their lives. Reviews have found that the average person who engages in psychotherapy is better off by the end of treatment than 80% of those who don’t receive treatment at all.
Signs that you could benefit from therapy include:
- You feel an overwhelming, prolonged sense of helplessness and sadness
- Your problems don’t seem to get better despite your efforts and help from family and friends
- You find it difficult to concentrate on work assignments or to carry out other everyday activities
- You worry excessively, expect the worst, or are constantly on edge
- Your actions, such as drinking too much alcohol, using drugs, or being aggressive, are harming you or others
If you are seeking individual psychotherapy, please reach out to me today for an assessment for individual therapy or to schedule your first appointment.