Yes, you do!

Seeking therapy doesn’t mean that you have a mental illness. Seeking therapy doesn’t mean something is wrong with you. Seeking therapy only means that you realize that you cannot do this (insert whatever you want for the word this) all by yourself anymore.

Everyone, at some point on their journey of life, can benefit from talking to an unbiased listening professional. Speaking to a non-judgmental individual with no preconceived notion of you is a relief. This person doesn’t know any of the mistakes you made in the past. They are unaware of what others may think of you. Your chosen therapist is a blank canvas, and they allow you to color them as you choose. Their sole purpose is to assist as you determine which direction you want to take.

As a client once told me, “When else can you talk about yourself for an hour, and someone listens as you do it”?”. This is a perfect example of what therapy is. You are talking and your therapist listening. Listening for context, listening for patterns, listening for those areas of your life that have become your norm; thus, you don’t see the jagged areas waiting to prick you. There is no reason for you to get pricked or for you to feel alone in a world that has resources readily available to provide you with the care and concern you deserve. Go to your chosen therapist and release all your burdens onto them. Don’t hold onto anything that is weighing you down. Take advantage of each of your sessions to allow yourself to feel lighter and have increased peace of mind.

If you are still trying to determine if a therapist is right for, below are some reasons why you may want to reach out to a therapist:

  • you have a decision(s) to make and not sure what to do

  • you are going through a divorce/breakup and trying to navigate life thereafter

  • you have hit a wall and nothing you do can get you past it

  • you are experiencing a crisis and you need support

  • you want to learn coping skills to help you with life

  • you have career decisions to make

  • you have a recent death and trying to navigate your new normal

  • you want an accountability person

  • you want peace in your life

These reasons and so much are why you may be thinking about seeking therapy. If you see yourself in any area of the list above, or you may have reasons that can be added onto the list, reach out for help. It is always a great idea to not attempt to navigate the challenging waters of life alone. There is no shame in knowing that today your mental health is not as strong as you would like it to be. That’s okay. It’s also okay, as you know something may be wrong, that you reach out to a professional for help. Please know you are not alone!

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Dr. Chemika Burkhalter, LCSW, MCLC

Dr. B is a licensed clinical therapist and a master certified life coach with a client-centered emphasis and a love for helping people navigate their way to the “aha” moment.