Adult Services

Should I See A Therapist?

So how do you know when it’s time to take action and call that professional counselor or therapist? As a rule of thumb; if you’re unhappy, if you’re not as productive as you want to be, or if obstacles exist between you and your goals, it’s a good idea to seek professional advice.

What to Expect from Therapy

One of the unique aspects of Puckett Counseling Services approach to therapy is the strong emphasis on individually customized treatments. During the initial consultation, you and your therapist will discuss your background, your therapeutic concerns and goals, your schedule availability, and your financial resources. At the end of the consultation, you and the therapist agree on the best treatment plan, which may consist of one or more of the counseling formats. Before deciding on the best approach to therapy, Puckett Counseling Services also carefully considers your individual needs, wants, strengths, and resources.

 

A main advantage to individual counseling is the way in which it facilitates a very intense personal relationship between you and the therapist. This allows you to explore and play out interpersonal patterns that may influence other close relationships throughout your life without the same complications that exist in friendships, family relationships, and other significant interpersonal relationships.

Through counseling, you will learn to…

 

  • Explore, understand, and work through problems on a one-to-one basis.
  • Find alternatives, expand choices and overcome obstacles that interfere with your personal development.
  • Clarify and resolve personal problems and stabilize and enhance interpersonal relationships.
  • Discover a sense of well-being.

Here are 8 common signs that you may need to see a therapist:

 q If you find you are using drugs or alcohol aggressively. When you feel that something like that has gotten out of hand and you’re noticing it’s controlling you more than you’re controlling it, it’s definitely time to get help. q If you are experiencing a high degree of anger without any reasonable explanation. When you are angry much of the time, picking fights, not getting along with family, friends or co-workers, these are indications that professional help may be critical. q If you are having trouble getting over a healthy period of grieving. When grief continues for a prolonged period of time and you are unable to feel like yourself after a major loss, you may benefit from seeing a professional. q If you have experienced physical or emotional trauma. When you are required to “deal with” something extraordinary; be it physical, sexual or emotional abuse, be you a victim of a crime, or you have/are facing a life-threatening condition, therapy is highly advisable. q If you experience bouts of uncontrollable crying or other signs of depression. When you feel a profound hopelessness or helplessness, and are not interested in anything anymore, there can be depression going on, which needs professional help. q If anxiety or panic attacks are preventing you from living your “normal” life. When anxiety keeps you from taking certain jobs, or keeps you from dating, or keeps you from going to parties and meeting people, you probably ought to see a specialist. q If you have tried “everything” to get better but find yourself in the same position after months or even years of trying to cope by yourself. When doctors can’t explain your symptoms or attribute them to any specific medical condition, it’s worth seeing a therapist. q If you feel bad about yourself. When your self-esteem or confidence issues adversely affect you and you find it difficult to feel a sense of positive self-worth, you should talk to a professional.