When should I seek counseling?

Throughout our lives, there are times when problems or situations present which are too much to manage on our own.  When these types of situations present and cause you emotional distress or leave you feeling overwhelmed, it may be beneficial to seek the support of a professional.

A good indicator of whether or not you should go to counseling is if you find yourself asking the question, or find yourself considering seeking the support of a therapist.  Trust your instincts.  If you are questioning whether counseling may be right for you, it never hurts to schedule an appointment and gather more information.  At Entavida, we offer a FREE 20 minute phone consultation so that you can identify whether counseling is right for you.

The following symptoms are also good indicators that it may be time to seek the support of a professional:

  • Often feeling depressed, flat, or down.
  • Having difficulties sleeping.
  • Experiencing disturbing thoughts.
  • Feeling angry, irritable, or having frequent mood swings.
  • Having thoughts of wanting to harm yourself or others.
  • Feeling dissatisfied or unsafe in intimate relationships.
  • Using drugs and alcohol to cope with difficult thoughts and feelings.
  • Feeling out of control of your thoughts and emotions.
  • Experiencing panic or anxiety to the extent that interferes with your life.
  • Having difficulties at work, school, and/or with friends, family and loved ones.
  • Isolating from friends and/or family.
  • Feeling empty.
  • Struggling with self esteem or feeling good about who you are.
  • Having considerable difficulties concentrating or staying on task.
  • Struggles to stay motivated.
  • Finding it difficult to find balance or relax.

Whenever symptoms begin to impact your daily life, your work or school, relationships with loved ones and just how you feel overall, counseling may likely be of benefit.

How does counseling work?

Counseling is a place for you to receive unbiased feedback and reflection around the specific challenges you are facing.  Counseling can be aimed at reducing symptoms (for example learning to manage panic attacks or getting a good night’s sleep), breaking old habits or behaviors that constantly get in the way, gaining insight, feeling more fulfilled in relationships, feeling like you have more power and control over your life, or having a place to work through an issue or trauma that remains unresolved.

Counseling is therefore very diverse and different for everyone based on their needs and personality.  Counseling works because of the confidential space it provides (that is what you discuss in therapy stays in the room), the unbiased presence of your counselor (counselors will not tell you what to do or present their own agenda), and the trusting relationship you create with a counselor.  Counseling is a space to focus on you and your needs.

Counseling therefore is a place to talk, sort through thoughts and emotions, and to learn new methods for being.  It works based on the uniqueness of the professional relationship, and because you and your counselor are working together to get you to your end goal.

The goal of therapy is always to help get you to your end goal.

What types of issues does Entavida treat?

Entavida treats symptoms related to trauma and anxiety.  As trauma and anxiety are complex issues, clients often are motivated to seek counseling for a variety of reasons.  Some examples of what client have reported to trigger them to seek counseling services include:

“I’m unhappy in my relationship.”

“I get so angry sometimes, I snap, get overwhelmed, want to hit something.”

“I feel lost.”

“My emotions are like a roller-coaster.  I feel crazy!”

“Why am I so unbalanced?”

“I get so nervous and stressed sometimes.”

“I can’t trust others.”

“I don’t know who I am.  I’m trying to figure out who I am, what I want, and what I am doing with my life.”

“My mind races, I can’t sleep or think.”

“I feel wounded, rejected.”

“I am out of control.”

“I feel scared and alone.”

“I can’t get over it.”

“I have panic or anxiety attacks.  It’s hard to breath, my mind races, my body shakes.”

“I feel depressed or down.  I don’t have any motivation, I’m not happy with my life.”

“I feel really stuck in life.”

“I don’t feel confident in who I am.  I don’t like myself.”

What is trauma?

Trauma can be defined as an overwhelming life experience in which a person experiences intense fear and a threat to their overall integrity.  Some well identified examples of trauma include a car accident, serving in combat, sexual abuse or a sexual assault.  These are examples which are often easily identified as being “traumatic” experiences.  However, a lot of trauma occurs in more subtle ways.  Such as ongoing emotional abuse, neglect in childhood, growing up with a parent diagnosed with a severe mental illness, witnessing others being emotionally or physically abused, experiencing poverty, growing up in a home with substance abuse, or experiencing the sudden and traumatic loss of a loved one.

For more information on trauma, please click here.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health condition experienced by the United States population.  Anxiety is in fact a normal life experience.  We all experience anxiety, which can produce psychological and physical symptoms.  Anxiety is productive to some extent.  Without anxiety we wouldn’t be motivated to study for that test, ace that interview, perform well in the marathon, or practice for our public speech.  At some point however, anxiety is no longer motivating or productive.  Rather, it becomes debilitating and inhibits our life rather than improves it.

Psychological symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Increased irritability
  • Feeling on edge
  • Overwhelming and racing thoughts
  • Loss of concentration
  • Difficulties sleeping
  • Intense and overwhelming fears (of people, situations, circumstances, or being in public situations include a few).

Physical symptoms can include:

  • Chest pains or constriction in the chest
  • Racing heart beat
  • Finding it difficult to breathe
  • Becoming shaky
  • Tingling or numbing in your extremities
  • Feeling nauseous
  • Feeling in a daze, spacey, in a fog
  • Becoming dizzy or lightheaded
  • Muscle aches and pains

For more information on anxiety, please click here.

What is confidentiality?

In brief, confidentiality is an understanding with your counselor that your information is kept private.  That is, what is said in session stays in session with a few exceptions.  Confidentiality is broken if your counselor is concerned about your own safety, the safety of others, or if they suspect any children are currently at risk for abuse.

Informed consent and confidentiality will be further discussed when you begin counseling.

Do you take insurance?

Entavida accepts a number of insurances as well as Employee Assistance Programs.  We also accept additional community based funding sources as well as out of pocket.  Please contact us to learn more about your specific needs.