Many people have already seen a Sherman Oaks psychologist at some point in their lives. Interestingly, it is usually those who have seen a psychologist in the past who are the most hesitant to reach out for help when they need it later, although you would expect that such people are the ones who would recognize the need for therapy and be quick to act on it. Perhaps this phenomenon comes from human nature itself. It seems that people who have once seen a psychologist, whether it was in their childhood, their adolescence, or their adulthood, have a misconception that they are supposed to be “fixed” already, and that reaching out again is a sign of weakness.
The truth is that many people go back to therapy many times throughout their lives. There’s nothing wrong with this! You’ll never be “fixed,” and being away from therapy usually means being away from the help you need. Naturally, over time, people often slide back into their negative behaviors and conditions. Whether you need one or two therapy sessions or ongoing psychological treatment, Dr. Jane Beresford is an experienced and licensed Sherman Oaks psychologist who welcomes you with open arms. Together, we’ll make you better again!
What are Signs that I Need to See a Psychologist?
1. You get tearful or cry for no reason
Do simple things like memories, songs, TV commercials, or nothing at all make you cry? This could be a sign that a Sherman Oaks psychologist can help you. This behavior usually means that you are emotionally full, and you need to vent.
2. You think negatively more than normal
Do you find yourself thinking badly about yourself or others often, and you’re not able to fight the negative thoughts back? This often happens when people don’t have anyone to talk to, and they’re not using their tools. After being out of therapy for a while, it can be hard to use our tools again and get back in the routine of fighting the negativity.
3, You find yourself slipping back into old, unhealthy habits
This could be those negative thoughts that you can’t fight back anymore. It could be an eating disorder behavior. It could be self-injury urges or urges to drink or use drugs if you’ve been addicted in the past. This takes form in many different ways. If you find those unhealthy habits creeping back in, give Dr. Jane Beresford a call.
4. You find your emotions controlling you
This usually manifests itself with angry outbursts. For example, you may have just yelled at your waiter at the restaurant for no reason. It could be that you’ve had a lot of road rage struggles lately, and that’s just not how they are in traffic usually.
5. You have any thoughts of death or killing yourself
Even if these thoughts come and go, they are a sign that you are having a hard time. If you feel so hopeless that you consider death as an option, then you need to talk to someone about it ASAP.
If you are experiencing any of these signs, please, seek out a Sherman Oaks psychologist immediately. Jane Beresford, Psy.D. welcomes you.