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Eleanor Roosevelt

Therapy in Minneapolis

Why Choose Therapy?

In life there are certain times when we feel sad, worried, lost, or just down.  These emotions are quite common and normal for people, and often do not warrant therapy.  However, there are other times when these emotions become sufficiently troublesome that therapy with a trained professional is beneficial.


Many people have difficulty knowing which camp they fall in, and are unsure if entering therapy would be a good step for them.  The following are some guidelines to help with that decision.  If you experience any of the following, individual therapy might be good idea:
  • Difficulty sleeping more than once a week.
  • A significant change in appetite and/or weight.
  • Finding yourself “losing your cool” or even “flying off the handle.”
  • Troubling memories of a past event or events.
  • Finding that you aren’t as productive at work as you should be.
  • No longer being interested in being around other people.
  • Not going places because of your anxiety around others.
  • Worrying about little things that don’t seem to bother other people.
  • Often feeling tense or having difficulty relaxing.
  • Having difficulty relaxing without alcohol or drugs.


There are also times, however, when a person’s thoughts and behaviors are more concerning and potentially damaging.  During these times it is highly recommended that a person seek therapy in order to help manage those thoughts and behaviors.  If you experience any of the following, individual therapy is highly recommended:
  • A desire to be dead.
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself (cutting, burning, etc).
  • A history of physical aggression against others.
  • Anger that leads you to cause physical damage to things (doors, walls, TVs).
  • Frequently (multiple times per week) using alcohol or drugs to manage anger, depression, anxiety, etc.


Some thoughts are concerning to the point that you should go to the emergency room to see if psychiatric hospitalization is necessary.  These include:
  • Thoughts of killing yourself.
  • Actively cutting or burning yourself.
  • Thoughts of harming another person.
  • Hearing voices telling you to harm others.
  • Any other behaviors that are harmful to yourself or others.


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