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Feeling Stuck? Therapy Can Help

Blog Niki Theiler Feeling Stuck

One of the most common questions I encounter is, "How do you help people when they are feeling stuck or trapped?" It's a valid question, and the answer lies in a combination of introspection, reframing, and building a supportive environment.

Therapy Can Help

Often, we hear about the power of positive thinking, but it's not always as simple as just thinking positively. We need to delve deeper into our beliefs and feelings about ourselves and our circumstances. This is where the journey towards mental wellness truly begins.

In therapy sessions, we often explore past experiences, especially those from childhood, because they shape our beliefs and perceptions of ourselves and the world around us. Every interaction leaves an imprint on our psyche, and sometimes, we need to retrain our brains to think differently.

Other Effective Tools

Journaling

One effective tool is journaling. When life hits hard and it feels like you're sinking, putting pen to paper can be incredibly therapeutic. I often encourage my clients to journal about their thoughts and feelings, allowing them to externalize their emotions and gain perspective. Like one client shared, "As I read it, I thought, 'Oh, it's not so bad.' The movie got scarier and scarier in my brain, but when you get it out on paper, you realize, 'I've got my health, my kids, my achievements.'"

Think of this as reprogramming a computer. By writing down our thoughts and analyzing them objectively, we can challenge negative patterns and replace them with more constructive ones. It's about acknowledging our capabilities, even if we don't fully believe in them at first. Affirmations like "I am capable, I can do this" may feel hollow initially, but repetition breeds conviction.

A Strong Network

Additionally, surrounding ourselves with a supportive network can make a world of difference. Whether it's friends, family, or support groups, having people who uplift and encourage us can bolster our resilience. As Speaker 1 shared, creating a support system was instrumental in her journey from a place of fear and uncertainty to one of empowerment and hope.

Getting out of a mental health rut isn't easy, and it's not a linear process. There will be setbacks and challenges along the way. However, by embracing self-reflection, adopting healthy coping mechanisms like journaling, and nurturing a strong support system, we can navigate through the darkest of times and emerge stronger on the other side.

Remember, you are not alone, and healing is possible. It's about taking that first step, even when it feels daunting, and trusting that with time, patience, and perseverance, you can break free from the confines of your mental health rut.

Author
Nicole Theiler, LMHC headshot Nicole Theiler, LMHC Nicole Theiler is a licensed mental health counselor with over 15 years of experience working with individuals and families with concerns regarding anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attachment difficulties, Neurotransmitter support, and insomnia sleep disorder.

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