Do I have too many issues for counseling?

I have so many issues to address. I have a history of sexual abuse, I’m a breast cancer survivor and I am a lifetime insomniac.

I have a long history of depression and I’m beginning to have anxiety. I have low self esteem but I’ve been happily married for almost 35 years.

I’ve never had counseling about any of this. Do I have too many issues to address in counseling?

Cristina Behrens-Soulavy
Cristina Behrens-Soulavy
MS, LMHC Spanish/English

It sounds like you’ve been challenged by life many times and are still fighting some battles…  It must feel exhausting… To answer you question: No! You don’t have too many issues for counseling. In fact, counseling might be exactly what you need! Your insomnia, depression and anxiety, even your breast cancer diagnosis, might be all triggered by the trauma of the sexual abuse.  You might think of these symptoms as isolated experiences, when they are not. Unresolved traumatic experiences affect your sense of safety, your identity, your relationships, and the ability to regulate emotions. Thankfully you’ve found, what it sounds like, a wonderful life partner who has been able to hold you throughout your life journey. Reaching out to a licensed mental health professional will give you the opportunity to elaborate on your trauma, in a safe and nurturing environment. There you will be able to organize your thoughts and emotions, explore them, and understand them, making them easier to tolerate and develop healthier ways to cope with them. Therapy is not an easy journey… talking about negative experiences hurt… but in the hands of the right counselor, therapy will help your overcome struggles and open the doors to an empowered you. If you stick to your process you might even start experiencing a reduction of symptoms such as less depressive episode, less anxiety and better sleeping patterns. Give it a try! I’ve done it myself and it completely changed my life! Good luck!

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