When to Call a Therapist

How getting help now can free you from anxiety, depression, and troubled relationships

Whether it's due to fear about asking for help, feeling overwhelmed by which type of help to get, or simply a lack of awareness that their symptoms are danger signs, many people wait far too long to get support when problems crop up.

Frequently, couples enter therapy as a last-ditch effort to save their relationship only to find the damage is too great to recover from. Those dealing with anxiety wait until they start fearing the fear itself or develop unhealthy coping strategies. Substance abusers wait until they hit "rock bottom." And those suffering from prolonged depression lose the energy or will to call a therapist-often with deadly consequences.

But this suffering is needless when help is only a phone call away! Drawing on his twenty years of experience in behavioral healthcare and private practice, Robert C. Ciampi, LCSW, helps the reader avoid these painful and unnecessary consequences.

When to Call a Therapist outlines the symptoms and behaviors of the most common mental-health issues people suffer from, as well as when and how to seek help. This book will help you overcome roadblocks to getting help by teaching you to recognize:

• The symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks and how to prevent them from hijacking your life
• When it's just "the blues" versus serious depression
• The signs of a relationship in trouble and how a therapist can help you repair the damage or work through difficult decisions
• What unhealthy coping strategies look like and what to do instead
• When you're facing abuse, neglect, or serious red flags and how to get help
• How assertiveness and setting healthy boundaries create freedom
• Which type of therapist specializes in the struggles you face

Get past damaging, counterintuitive thinking ("I'm too anxious or sad to talk to someone") and other barriers to healing. Seeking therapy sooner can help you work through issues before they turn into serious problems. Open these pages and take control of your life today!

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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite - 5 Stars

When To Call A Therapist by Robert C. Ciampi gives insights about when to start therapy and getting into therapy to make much-needed adjustments before small issues turn into larger ones and into deep-seated problems. Therapy can come under various names; psychotherapy, counseling, marriage-and-family-therapy, social work, substance abuse, counseling, coaching, etc. Often people take a long time when it comes to seeing a therapist and seeking help. This book is for readers who want to see a professional therapist for help; to guide them on how to deal with the skewed thinking patterns that are adversely affecting their mental health as well as life. This is a good book for learning when to enter therapy and start working through issues before they become serious.

The author's personal experiences and years of therapy that helped him reshape his thinking and persona will give direction to many readers who are hesitant to meet a therapist. Reading this book will also help readers recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health and substance abuse in themselves or anyone else who has difficulties in coping with life. It also gives a good understanding of how therapy works and the examples in the book make it easy for readers to comprehend the situations and the author's words. The author's approach to the topic is detailed and extensive and that makes it easy for readers to look into where their problem lies and meet a therapist accordingly. The book is an eye-opener when it comes to getting help to deal with anxiety, depression, troubled relationships, etc. The wealth of information in this book will definitely be useful when it comes to seeing a therapist.

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About Robert C. Ciampi, LCSW

Robert C. Ciampi, LCSW has worn many “hats” in his professional career: clinician, therapist, counselor, supervisor, coach, consultant, and now author. He earned a BA in psychology from Montclair State University and went on for his MSW at Rutgers University, both in New Jersey. After receiving his licensure as a clinical social worker, he worked in community mental health centers and hospitals as a clinician working with individuals with serious and persistent mental illness as well as patients who were dually diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse. Robert C. Ciampi, LCSW went on to work for a behavioral healthcare consulting firm which helped healthcare facilities reestablish themselves as well as coordinated a program that provided employee assistance help for problems in and out of the workplace. He was also the Director of psychiatric inpatient social work services at the largest hospital in New Jersey. He began a private practice in 2010 which focuses on clients needing assistance with anxiety, depression, anger management, assertiveness training, and other issues. He also sees clients for couples and marital counseling.

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