Do I need therapy?

do i need therapy

How to know when it is the right time to seek therapy? With so much online information, it can be overwhelming to understand if therapy is your best option and if talking therapy will improve your situation. Onebright experts advise that early prevention is best and explain how the value of learning Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques stays with you for life. 

When contemplating therapy, individuals often grapple with various emotions, such as fear, uncertainty, and even curiosity. The realisation is that seeking professional help can be the start of an empowering journey to navigate the complexities of life with renewed resilience and understanding. For many, this becomes a beacon of hope during some of life’s most critical turning points.

Many people are not aware of the benefits of CBT and have concerns about how they might be perceived for seeking help. This can act as a barrier to people accessing treatment and therefore leave them suffering from anxiety or depression. 

It is no secret that 2020 took a toll on the mental health of the population, with ongoing repercussions we are still yet to understand fully. The UK is just one of many countries with a notable increase in individuals seeking mental health support, underscoring the importance of professional assistance in navigating the challenges of these unprecedented times.

Even more concerning is that according to MHFA England, 70-75% of people in the UK with a diagnosable mental illness receive no treatment at all.  

The only person who can know when you’re ready for therapy is you. But how do you know when to ask for support and guidance? 

There is no hard and fast answer to this question because the truth is that everyone can benefit from therapy at some point in their life. 

Instead, we look at why real clients have talked to Onebright about online and face-to-face options. 

Why Seek Therapy?

People seek therapy for a myriad of reasons. While some may associate therapy with mental health issues, the research shows that the techniques and understanding of our inner worlds can benefit anyone, regardless of the severity of their struggles. Here are some common reasons why our clients get in touch for support:

Mental Health Concerns

Therapy can help manage mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, self-esteem issues, eating disorders or phobias and more. It provides a safe space to address these issues and develop coping strategies.

Relationship Difficulties

Couples therapy helps individuals navigate the complexities of relationships, whether with partners, family members, or friends. It enhances communication and understanding and fosters healthier connections. 

Stress and Burnout

High levels of stress and burnout have become increasingly common in today’s fast-paced world. It offers effective stress management techniques, promoting overall well-being.

Why seek therapy sooner rather than later?

The decision to seek out treatment can be challenging, but it’s important to remember that seeking help sooner rather than later can significantly impact your well-being. The earlier you seek help, the easier it will be to identify and resolve your problems. Delaying treatment can prolong emotional suffering and lead to worsening symptoms. 

Here’s why seeking therapy promptly is crucial:

Therapy acts as a preventative measure, allowing individuals to address and manage potential issues before they escalate. Early intervention with a licenced therapist can help you look at stressful thoughts without judgement and establish healthy coping mechanisms to navigate future challenges.

What are the benefits of online therapy?

Online therapy has become a convenient and effective alternative to traditional face-to-face therapy. Here are some advantages of virtual therapy:

It breaks down geographical barriers, making it accessible to individuals in remote areas or with limited mobility. It eliminates transportation time and costs and brings world-class therapists to you in the comfort of your home. 

Online therapists offer flexibility when scheduling sessions, accommodating those with busy lifestyles. It allows individuals to receive therapy where clients feel most comfortable, increasing privacy and time constraints.

Anonymity and Comfort. Some individuals find it easier to open up and express themselves in an online setting. 

Are you considering face-to-face Therapy?

While online therapy offers numerous benefits, face-to-face appointments also holds its advantages. In-person sessions provide a more immediate and personal connection with the therapist, allowing for nonverbal cues and a deeper level of engagement. Additionally, face-to-face with a therapist can be preferred in some instances, such as severe mental health conditions that require close monitoring or situations where physical presence is essential for therapeutic techniques.

If you need someone to talk to who is a trained professional with a mental health background, there are always people who can help you. Choosing therapy may or may not be your first solution, but ultimately, booking that first call to get a consultation with a mental health professional can provide valuable insights to determine if CBT techniques are appropriate for your specific needs. Fill out the form below, and one of the Onebright team will contact you shortly.

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