By Sherese Danielle Ezelle, LMHC, LCPC
Clinical Director, Behavioral Health

No matter where you are on your journey toward cultivating better mental health, the road isn't always easy or straightforward. Sometimes, you may find yourself at a crossroads, re-evaluating whether it's time to reconnect with the nurturing space of therapy. This is completely normal and can be a critical part of your holistic wellness.

So, how do you know when it might be time to re-engage in therapy?

Here’s a list of signs that may indicate you could benefit from revisiting the therapeutic process.

1. Recurring feelings of overwhelm

The ups and downs of life are to be expected, but if you're feeling constantly overwhelmed and exhausted, it may be a sign that you could use some professional support. Whether it's work stress, changes in your personal life, or global events causing unrest, therapy can equip you with coping mechanisms to weather these storms.

2. Resurfacing or new symptoms

If you're noticing the return of symptoms you've dealt with in the past, such as changes in sleep or appetite, feelings of anxiety or depression, or intrusive thoughts, it might be time to consider therapy. New symptoms are also a strong indicator.

Remember, it's OK to reach out for support when confronting these challenges.

3. Struggling with transitions

Life is full of transitions. Whether it's a job change, moving to a new city, or entering a new phase in your personal relationships, these shifts can trigger feelings of uncertainty. A therapist can provide a safe space to explore these feelings and develop strategies to navigate transitions more smoothly.

4. Difficulty managing emotions

If you're finding it more challenging to control your emotions, lashing out, or feeling unusually sensitive, it may indicate a need for therapy. Emotional dysregulation can impact your relationships and daily life, but therapy can help you regain control and achieve emotional balance.

5. Feeling stuck or lost

Sometimes, we just feel stuck. We may lack motivation, feel unfulfilled, or struggle to make decisions. These feelings may indicate that it's time to seek therapy, where you can explore these feelings in a non-judgmental space and uncover the roots of these issues and heal.

6. Chronic physical symptoms

Our bodies often signal what our minds are going through. Chronic physical symptoms like headaches, stomachaches, or unexplained aches and pains could be your body's way of telling you that something isn't quite right. Therapy can support you in connecting the dots between your physical and mental well-being.

7. Yearning for personal growth

Therapy isn't only for times of crisis. If you're looking to better understand yourself, grow emotionally, or improve your relationships, re-engaging in therapy can be an empowering step. It's an excellent tool to support personal development and self-improvement. Re-engaging in therapy can be a transformative experience. It's an opportunity to revisit your goals, reassess your coping strategies, and rekindle your resilience. Therapy can help you regain perspective, refocus on your well-being, and renew your strength.

Remember, seeking help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. It's a testament to your commitment to your mental well-being and your determination to thrive.

If you're recognizing some of these signs in your own life, consider reaching out to a mental health professional.

Whether it's a counselor, therapist, or psychiatrist, these experts can provide the guidance and support you need. And if you're unsure about where to start, reach out to a trusted friend, family member, or healthcare provider.

You can also reach out to us here at Project Access Northwest! Learn more about our Pro Bono Counseling program here.

Let us be kind to our minds, for they carry the essence of our being. Let's nurture them, listen to them, and provide them with the care they deserve. After all, mental health is not a destination, but a journey, and every step you take is a step towards holistic healing and well-being.