At Three Seas, we’re accustomed to hearing all variety of myths about counselling. From the mistaken belief that counselling is just about talking about feelings to the notion that therapists become counsellors to deal with their own psychological issues, we’ve heard it all. One of the things that we hear most frequently, though, is the claim that therapy is for “crazy” people. Therapy is for everyone, and it can benefit even the most emotionally healthy among us. Thus if you’re contemplating whether you need counselling, the truth is that almost everyone can benefit. Still on the fence? Here are some telltale signs that it’s time to consider counselling.
Your Relationships Are All Troubled
If you have problems in all of your relationships, the common denominator is you. This doesn’t necessarily mean you’re causing the problems, but a history of troubled relationships suggests that you’re either choosing the wrong people, have poor relationships skills, or are consistently doing something that throws your relationships into turmoil. Without blame or judgment, we can help you discern what’s behind a long history of challenging relationships.
You’re Unhappy or Unfulfilled
It’s easy to blame the circumstances of your life for your dissatisfaction. But the truth is that people are able to remain happy even amid the most challenging circumstances—dire poverty, life-threatening health conditions, the death of a beloved family member. Counselling helps you cultivate the skills that make it possible to be happy. If you’re struggling with lack of fulfillment, feel shiftless and directionless, or are at a major crossroads in your career or relationship, therapy can help yo make the right decision.
You Keep Making the Same Mistakes
We all have habits we find hard to break, no matter how frequently we resolve to do better. Whether it’s spending too much money, eating too much food, procrastination, negative thinking, picking fights with family members, or something else, understanding your pattern is the key to upending it. We’ll help you understand why you keep making the same mistakes, then work with you to ensure the drama ends once and for all.
The Problem is With Everyone Else
It’s not easy to admit, but if you’re having problems with everyone you know, the problem is likely you. If you think your unhappiness can be blamed on your unaffectionate spouse, your nagging mother, and your cruel boss, you’ve got it backwards. Happiness comes from within, and people who don’t realize this face an uphill battle when it comes to finding happiness and fulfillment. We’ll help you figure out what the real problem is, so you can fix it and live the life you deserve—at long last.
You Struggle With Mental Illness
Mental illness is common, and is no different from physical ailments. It’s not your fault, not something you can will away, and certainly not something you can cause. But too many Australians are hesitant to seek the help they need for their mental health difficulties. If you suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar, depression, anxiety, or another mental health difficulty, let us show you a path to hope, healing, and recovery. Mental illness does not have to ruin your life, and you might not even need to take medication to get better.
Let’s face it: life is hard. Endless responsibilities, unreasonable expectations from loved ones, and myriad other challenges can leave you feeling exhausted, burned out, and overwhelmed. If you feel hopeless about your ability to cope, we can renew your sense of hope. The right skills can help you cope with even the most stressful life events, and by steadily cultivating these skills, you can even learn to manage with difficult people. You don’t have to be overwhelmed, but you do have to reach out for help if you want hope for a better tomorrow.
You Have Health Issues
People with health issues are often reluctant to seek therapy. After all, if the problem is with the body, then how can counselling the mind help? Not so fast. The mind and body are interrelated, and stress, anxiety, and endless exhaustion can undermine your ability to cope with your health issues. Some research even suggests that unexplained symptoms, especially chronic pain, headaches, and gastrointestinal distress, may get better with therapy.