is counseling right for me?

950 N. Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703)622-2993
mpayne@hmhealth4u.com

IMG_971When should I see a therapist or counselor?

Disappointments and setbacks are a part of life. How do you know when it’s time to seek help? For some, it’s reaching a breaking point and deciding to make a change. For others, it’s wanting to make peace with a painful past. It may be prompted by a desire to understand self-defeating patterns or to answer a nagging question: “Is this normal?” Some seek counseling to change a bad habit that’s getting in the way of a brighter future. Others hope to heal a wounded relationship or move on from a broken one.

Here are some signs that your heart and mind may need healing

  • Worrying “something bad” is going to happen
  • Self-medicating through alcohol or other drugs
  • Feeling hopeless/helpless
  • Un-fulfilling or drama-filled relationships
  • Loneliness
  • Panic
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Too much sleep/trouble getting out of bed
  • Low energy
  • Poor appetite
  • Over-eating when sad or stressed
  • Issues with sex or sexuality
  • Feeling nervous around others
  • Physical symptoms triggered by anxiety
  • Obsessive thoughts
  • Feeling guilty or ashamed
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Flashbacks to traumatic events
  • Mood swings
  • “Road rage”
  • Irritability
  • Poor concentration
  • Phobias/Irrational fears
  • The “blahs”
  • Parent-child conflict

Only you can decide if therapy is right for you, but most people who have sought counseling at some point agree that it helped them through a difficult time. If you are in emotional pain, you can and deserve to feel better. Reaching out for help is the first step.

Call 703/622-2993 or e-mail mpayne@hmhealth4u.com for an appointment.

“The mind has its own place and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
John Milton