April is Counseling Awareness Month! In honor of this, we are discussing this week the importance of counseling. It’s always interesting to hear how our clients make it through our doors. Some of our new clients are seasoned and have many, many years of counseling under their belts. They may come back for a refresher or to deal with a new issue. Other new clients enter our office very timidly, unsure what to expect and fearful of what counseling is all about. These new clients are scared to open up to a stranger and can’t imagine “unpacking” all the baggage from their past. If you have never been to counseling, or if you possibly need to reconnect with a therapist, we encourage you to read this week! This week we are going to cover warning signs that you may need to be in counseling. We hope that if any of these resonate with you, you will consider reaching out to get help.
You feel too much or too little
Have you ever felt like your emotions are overwhelming and control your life? If so, you may benefit from counseling. Have you ever felt like you don’t feel your feelings and are numb to life? You may also benefit from counseling.
Your thoughts lead to feelings, which lead to actions/behaviors. If you are feeling your emotions too strongly, you may be making decisions based only on your feelings and void of any rational thought. If you are not experiencing emotions and are making decisions based only on logic, you are not allowing feelings such as empathy or compassion to come into play. To have a healthy and successful action plan, you need a balance of your feelings and rational thoughts.
You have recurring ailments with no explanation
It is amazing how intricately God created our bodies, and how the body interacts with itself. Science shows that our thoughts/feelings are definitely connected to how we feel physically. If you are struggling with something like grief, trauma, anxiety, or depression, you can experience real-life physical pain in different parts of your body.
You may be someone who experiences headaches, back pain, stomach issues, or even unexplained pain. You may have had tests run, and seen multiple doctors with no answers as to why you feel the way that you do. I have seen first-hand how powerful our minds are over our bodies. Many counseling clients can find relief by addressing the issues at the core—processing emotions and dealing with feelings. It takes a lot of work to unpack baggage from the past and to really work on issues. However, it’s amazing how great you can feel when you are emotionally in a healthy place!
We hope that you will check back this week to read more signs you may need counseling.
Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW
Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.
Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.