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Time for Help

Have you ever had a mouse in your home? Whether you live in an apartment or a house, in the country or the city, chances are that you’ve encountered one of these pesky little critters. During the holidays, my sister suspected there was a mouse living in our mom’s kitchen. My sister claimed she saw the mouse, but my mom didn’t want to believe her. A few months went by without another mouse sighting, just little suspicions that a mouse may be cohabitating with her. Then, one day, the mouse scurried across the living room floor under her couch. Peeking under the couch revealed piles of dog food the mouse had been hoarding along with other little mouse surprises. That was when she realized there was a mouse problem and that was when she knew it was time for help.

So when do you know it’s time for help? Do you know when you start to have little clues? Or do you wait until you know you have a full-blown mouse nest under your couch?

In life, there are a lot of little clues showing us we need help. It may be feeling sad, unsatisfied, frustrated, or unmotivated. It could even be patterns in relationships or behaviors that you don’t like. But there are also mouse nests. It could be a marriage on the brink of divorce, not being able to get out of bed, or out of control kids, or panic attacks at work. Whether you are experiencing those little clues or the big crises, therapy can help. It doesn’t matter how big or small your problem seems, now is the time to get help.

In my family, we waited. We waited until a mouse or two grew into an extended family. Instead of accepting we had a problem and taking time to take care of it, we let the problem get bigger and bigger. Thankfully though, we did get help. It required finding the source of the problem. We had to determine where the mice were coming into our home. Next, we had to fix the hole. Then, we had to set traps and get rid of the mice already dwelling in our home. We also called an exterminator to help and did a lot of cleaning. In therapy, I want to help you when you are ready to get help. I want to work with you to find out what’s wrong and what’s causing the problem. I want to help you fix the problem, which likely means developing some new habits, ending old habits, and cleaning parts of your life that have been avoided or overlooked.

Are you ready to try? Now’s the time.

Katie McDougal is a therapist and LPC Candidate with New Vision Counseling

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