Choosing a therapist is an important decision.

Some Signs That You May Need Help

Are you experiencing any of these?

  • Depression, anxiety, or panic attacks
  • Lack of desire to go to work
  • Not wanting to talk to anyone
  • Feeling like everything is falling apart
  • Feel like you don’t’ belong.

Who You See Will Determine the Course of Action

You may wonder:

Does it matter who I see?

Yes!!! Most definitely. Who you see will determine the “treatment” you receive.

It’s important to know if your symptoms are a mental health concern or whether you’re going through a spiritual awakening.

An untrained person may not be able to distinguish between the two.

For example, a job loss could cause you to feel depressed and anxious due to the circumstances. But, on the other hand, it could also be the catalyst to a spiritual awakening that’s also causing depression and anxiety.

The key difference in knowing what you’re dealing with is to ask one single and vital question:

Are you feeling like there must be something more important that you should be doing in life, something that is way bigger than taking care of yourself?

If the answer is yes, you’re most likely experiencing a spiritual awakening.

To a mental health provider who is not aware of the phenomenon of a spiritual awakening, you’ll be treated with the standard tools – medication and/or some typical psychological theories of therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or dialectic behavioral therapy (DBT).

A provider who is aware of spiritual awakenings may take a far different approach. For example, medication would probably not be the go-to choice and may even be detrimental.

The guidance would also educate you on spiritual ascension, the dark night of the soul, dealing with the ego/matrix, and sitting with your feelings.

Huge difference!

Lisa Aranas

Lisa Aranas, JD, LCPC, is a Life Coach and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She is also a certified divorce and custody mediator, personal trainer, and holistic nutritionist.