Part 1 of 2: Is Therapy the Right Decision For You?
Part 1 of 2: Is therapy the right decision for you?
First off, if you already know that therapy is the right decision for you because you are ready to take the next step towards improving your well-being, relationships and productivity, then feel free to browse my website at www.DrJenZwolinski.com to learn more about what our sessions will look like and how I can best help you on this next step. I look forward to meeting you, learning more about your goals, and building a therapeutic alliance with you that will facilitate action towards your goals.
But what if you are still unsure about whether counseling or therapy is the next right step for you? There are a lot of reasons that you might be wondering if you should invest money and time in therapy. I want to talk about two scenarios to address your potential concerns in this two-part blog post.
Scenario 1: You are not sure that you need or could benefit from therapy. Do any of the statements below apply to you?
· I am actually doing pretty well according to some standards. I am successfully employed with professional growth opportunities. I am enrolled in college or graduate school and I have a strong GPA.
· I am not struggling with a formal psychological disorder that causes remarkable distress in my life. I am familiar with the concept of self-care and I do my best to practice these techniques when possible.
· There is nothing objectively “wrong” with my life. In fact, I have a lot of reasons to be grateful and I am surrounded by strong friend and family support.
Even if the statements above are true, you can still be unhappy or experiencing uncertainty. Do the following statements resonate with you?
· Despite my stream of personal, academic and/or professional successes, I still feel unfulfilled, like something is missing or uncertain that I am on the right track.
· Even though I am not struggling with a formal psychological mood or anxiety disorder that prevents me from functioning well, I still feel more tired, unmotivated, inpatient, insecure or overwhelmed than I would like to feel.
· Even with so many reasons to be grateful, I still struggle with appreciating and truly valuing the life that I do have. This sometimes contributes to thoughts of guilt and disappointment, and sometimes I use unhelpful coping strategies to deal with these thoughts.
If any or all of the statements above resonate with you and you believe that now is the time to take action to make your internal feelings, thoughts and behaviors match your external successes, you can benefit remarkably from counseling. Contact me at www.DrJenZwolinski.com to learn more about how I can help to make your internal and external experiences more closely aligned. Also, stay tuned for Part 2 of this two-part blog post that will address a second scenario in response to whether therapy is the right next step for you. Specifically, I will discuss how potential clients can handle this situation: You have already done enough reflection to know that you need or want therapy, but something is holding you back from starting therapy.