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When To Consider Therapy: 10 Signs You May Need Therapy

Updated: Mar 2

Many people experience challenges in their lives that can impact their mental health and wellbeing. In some cases, these challenges can become overwhelming and interfere with a person's ability to function and enjoy life, necessitating professional help from a therapist. However, many people struggle to recognize when they should seek help from a mental health professional. Here are 10 signs you may need therapy if you are wondering whether or not to seek help!

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10 Signs You May Need Therapy Support

It is hard enough to ask for help, let alone admit to yourself that you need help. So, if you're reading this article because you've been on the fence about seeking counselling support, give yourself a pat on the back for even taking this first step in researching some signs that you may need therapy support. And keep in mind, not everyone who may benefit from therapy experiences all of these signs- reasons why people seek counselling support are vast, so try to not compare your experiences to others or minimize your struggles to avoid getting the help you need.

1. Persistent Feelings Of Sadness Or Hopelessness

Throughout life we go through experiences that make us feel all kinds of emotions, some less enjoyable than others. Feeling sad or down from time to time is a normal part of life. However, if these feelings persist for an extended period of time, or if they interfere with your ability to function and enjoy life, it may be a sign of depression. Therapy can be an effective treatment for depression, helping individuals learn coping strategies and develop healthier thought patterns.

2. Increased Anxiety Or Worry

Anxiety is a natural response to stress, but if it becomes constant, overwhelming, or starts to significantly impact a person's daily life, it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. Therapy can help those struggling with excessive worry and anxiety by exploring the root causes of their feelings and learn relaxation techniques, coping skills, and ways to manage symptoms.

3. Difficulty Managing Stress

Stress is a common and unavoidable part of life, and can even help motivate us in certain situations. But when it becomes chronic or overwhelming, it can cause issues such as burnout and can take a toll on a person's mental and physical health. Therapy can be helpful in teaching stress management techniques, such as mindfulness and relaxation exercises, and helping individuals identify and address the sources of stress in their lives.

4. Relationship Problems

Relationships with co-workers, friends, family, and your life partner can be a source of joy and support. Unfortunately, they can also become a source of stress, unhappiness, and conflict. If you are experiencing persistent relationship problems or struggling to connect with others, therapy can help to identify patterns of behaviour and communication that may be contributing to the problem, and develop strategies to improve relationships.

5. Difficulty Managing Emotions

Everyone experiences a range of emotions even on a day to day basis. This is normal and to be expected! But if you are having difficulty managing emotions such as anger, or you’re experiencing intense or overwhelming emotions, it may be a sign that you could benefit from the additional guidance and support of a therapist. Therapy can be helpful in teaching emotional regulation skills, such as mindfulness, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

6. Substance Use Or Addiction

When some people are overwhelmed or struggling and aren’t sure how to manage, they may turn to substances, such as alcohol, to attempt to cope. Substance use or addiction can be a sign that a person is struggling with underlying mental health challenges, such as ADHD, depression, excessive stress, or anxiety. Therapy can be an effective treatment for addiction or substance abuse, helping individuals address the underlying causes of substance use and develop healthier coping strategies.

7. Unresolved Trauma

Trauma comes in all forms including experiences with past abuse, accidents, war, natural disasters, and on more subtle scales such as chaotic, stressful or neglectful childhoods and bullying. These events can have long-lasting effects on a person's mental health and well-being. Often those struggling may not even realize how much their experiences are still affecting them years later. Therapy can be helpful in processing and healing from past trauma, and in developing coping skills to manage the impact of trauma on daily life.

8. Persistent Physical Symptoms

Not everyone realizes that your physical and mental health are deeply connected. When physical health causes have been ruled out, persistent physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, fatigue, or trouble sleeping can be a sign of underlying mental health issues. Therapy can be helpful in identifying the root cause of these symptoms and developing strategies to manage them.

9. Difficulty Adjusting To Life Changes

Life changes, such as moving, starting a new job, or experiencing a loss, are situations that many of us will have to deal with at some point in our lives. But these events can be challenging and stressful even under the best conditions. Therapy can be helpful in providing support and guidance during these transitions, helping individuals develop coping strategies, and adjusting to new circumstances.

10. Feeling Disconnected Or Isolated

Many people find themselves feeling disconnected or isolated from others at some point. If this goes on for an extended period of time, it can cause persistent feelings of loneliness and dissatisfaction. Not only can it impact your quality of life, it can be a sign of underlying mental health issues such as low self-esteem, depression, or anxiety. Therapy can be helpful in providing a supportive and non-judgmental environment to explore these feelings and develop strategies to improve self-image, social connections, and relationships.

The Bottom Line

Therapy isn’t a quick fix no matter what challenges you’re struggling with, but it can be a valuable tool for improving mental health and well-being. Recognizing the signs that you or someone you care about may need therapy is an important step in seeking the proper help and support. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs, consider reaching out to a mental health professional for guidance. If you’re not sure where to start in your search for a therapist, check out our blog post for some tips!

If you are considering starting therapy, we’re here to help! Our team of therapists in Barrie provide both virtual as well as in-person counselling in Barrie to suit your needs. Please contact us for more information or to book your free 15 minute consultation.


Our team of online and in-person counsellors and psychotherapists in Barrie provide quality and effective mental health counselling services near you in Barrie and virtually across Ontario to individuals (6+), couples and families. We also offer an Affordable Therapy Program that provides counselling services in Barrie to individuals (12+) who are facing financial challenges that need mental health support.



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