5 Tips to understand when it’s time for you to visit a counsellor

By December 22, 2020March 1st, 2022Employee Assistance ProgramViews: 296

The stigma around counselling is slowly but steadily clearing away and many have begun to consider visiting a counsellor to better or treat their mental health. More often than not however, we are not sure if it is indeed time to take a leap of faith and set up an appointment with a counsellor.

We have put together some tips to help you understand if you need professional help from a counsellor to take care of your mental wellbeing.

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Now, here goes:

  1. You feel that you have no one to talk to, or listen to you:
    Times have been difficult with many stranded away from their friends and loved ones. Some may find that they have no one to talk to or no one who’s willing to listen to them. If you are extremely stressed and need a listening ear to help you feel better, you may consider fixing an appointment with a counsellor.
    A safe space that is confidential, comfortable, and unassuming could do wonders for your mental health.
  1. People who form a part of your support system suggest you visit a counsellor.
    In times of doubt or conflict, we reach out to specific people for specific issues, be it relationship issues, work-related stress, or just life in general. They could be our friends, siblings, parents, or partner. If any of them feel you would be better off seeking guidance from a counsellor, it possibly is time for you to consider seeking professional help from a counsellor.
    Remember that your go-to people may be overwhelmed themselves and mean well for you.
  1. You have been feeling extremes of emotions, are overwhelmed, and find it difficult to relax:
    We all lose our temper or feel extremely sad, especially after a traumatic experience. You may find it difficult to relax and could be constantly sad and angry. If you have an urge to cry more often than not or find yourself snapping at others and are exhibiting behaviors that are affecting your day to day life, it could be time for you to consider professional help.
    Some other things that calls for a trip to the counsellor are sleeplessness over long periods (more than a couple of months), feeling restless for seemingly small issues, extreme anxiety, and depression.
  1. You feel triggered often and want to be left alone:
    Are you wanting to be left alone, no longer want to be around people including your loved ones, and feel triggered (extreme anxiety, anger, hopelessness, or depression)? If this has been the trend and finds it hard to return to a better mental state, you should know that it’s time you sought professional help.
    Wanting to be alone is not an issue in itself but if it is uncharacteristic of you, do not hesitate to reach out to a counsellor.
  1. Resorting to intoxication for better sleep or feeling better:
    Alcohol, drugs, or any other forms of intoxication do not help anyone better their mental wellbeing. If you are someone resorting to intoxication, to sleep better, to forget issues, or just to avoid what you have been feeling, it’s a huge step in the wrong direction. More so, if intoxication has started to become an addiction.
    Do schedule an appointment for professional help, to help you sort out your feelings as well as overcome your addiction.

While it is not necessary that you must visit a counsellor only for the above mentioned, these are some issues that may warrant an appointment. You may also visit a counsellor because you need more from life and feel the need to discuss your insecurities and shortcomings.


Counselling sessions when done right also helps gain perspective, clarity, and self-awareness, further equipping you with tools that enable you to navigate various issues in life.


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