When Do People Seek Therapy?

Everyone experiences emotional pain at times in life.  Signs of distress include persistent sadness, depression, anxiety, confusion, and procrastination. When the distress is especially severe and you are experiencing strained relationships or impaired performance in one’s school, career, or caretaking responsibilities, it may be time to seek help.  With the help of an effective and caring counselor, you can identify and address the underlying causes of your difficulties and experience relief from your symptoms as you make specific, concrete goals to extinguish the problem at its source. 

Common Issues Addressed in Therapy


Isolating oneself, dramatic weight gain or loss, a significant increase or decrease in sleep, inability to focus on the day-to-day tasks all may be indicators of depression. Depression is not just an occasional case of the ‘blues.’ It can includes persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness and a sense that life has no meaning.  This is different from just having the occasional ‘blues’.  Signs that you may need help include seeing your life in various shades of black and having persistent negative feelings for two weeks or longer.  


Panic attacks, feelings of dread, persistent worry, fear of death, phobias, and social anxiety are all signs of anxiety. Anxiety in some situations is not only normal but quite needed.  It is your mind and body’s signal for fear.  However, anxiety can also be severe, pervasive and often debilitating.  There are also anxieties that are episodic or specific to certain situations.  

Self Esteem

Whether you are suffering from your tendency to over-function (manifesting itself in the form of perfectionism) or your tendency to under-function (manifesting itself in the form of procrastination, or what we like to call “do-nothing-ism,”), poor esteem and insecurities often hinder your ability to become your best self. Learn to enhance your personal assets while reducing/eliminating unhealthy habits. With counseling, you can learn to confidently take charge of your life and see conflict as an opportunity for growth and a future filled with hopeful possibilities.


Relationships require vulnerability and interdependence between persons; as such, they can be a source of great joy or of great pain. With the great pain can come intense feelings stemming from misunderstandings, anger, hurt, disappointment, distress, helplessness and despair.  Therapy can help people develop better ways to make our needs known while respecting the needs of others, thus enhancing communication and improving the quality of the relationship.

Other Reasons to Seek Counseling:  

  • Spiritual questions
  • Sexual abuse
  • Single Parenting
  • Stress management
  • Study skills
  • Family relationships
  • Forgiveness
  • Goal setting
  • Grief
  • Guilt & shame
  • Group therapy
  • Identity issues
  • Integrity
  • Intimacy
  • Parenting skills
  • Peer relationships
  • Psychological Evaluations
  • Pre-marital counseling
  • Reconciliation
  • Relationship skills
  • Child issues
  • Adolescent issues
  • Anger problems
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Families
  • Chronic pain
  • Death & Dying
  • Depression
  • Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating Disorders
  • Lay counseling skill training
  • Life’s transitions
  • Loneliness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Marital counseling
  • Men’s issues
  • Panic attacks
  • Shame issues
  • Trauma recovery
  • Training up your child
  • Understanding mental illness