Sooner Rather Than Later
Have you ever had a nagging feeling that maybe you should talk to a therapist one day? Someone who may be able to help you sort through thoughts or feelings that seem confusing or burdensome. Someone who you don’t have a personal relationship with, where you can be free to say exactly what you are thinking and feeling? That nagging feeling gets louder when you’re stressed out, right? When the news on your phone or life events overwhelm you, that voice says, “you should really see someone soon!” And then maybe things get better on their own and that feeling goes away, but not for long.
I urge you, listen to that nagging feeling. There are so many benefits to connecting to a therapist while things are “not that bad yet.” You can still learn things about yourself, try out new ways to cope, new ways to interact with other people and new ways to talk to yourself. And then, when things get bad, you already have something to work with. At the very least, you already have located a therapist who you know and trust and feel comfortable with.
"I’m sure it will get better."
It might, but it might not. And processing your thoughts and feelings requires energy. It's work! Why not work on it while you have more emotional resources?
"The therapist will probably think I’m wasting their time. I’m sure people have bigger problems."
Every therapist I know, is absolutely excited when you come in before things get really bad. We celebrate being proactive and taking care of yourself. You are NOT wasting anyone’s time.
"Do I really want to invest the time and money, when things aren’t 'that bad?'"
Absolutely. It can take a few tries before you find a therapist who is a good fit for you. Investing in yourself by paying for a few sessions of therapy while you are still feeling okay could prevent you from spending more money and time searching when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Bottom line: Sooner is better than later for so many reasons when it comes to therapy. If you’ve had a nagging feeling that has suggested that you give it a try, why not start the search? You might learn answers to questions you didn’t even know you had. Psychology Today is a great resource to find a therapist who fits your insurance or financial situation, your location, and your personal preferences.