How Do I Know If I Need Therapy?

By Brindi Streufert, M.A.

Have you been feeling down lately? Maybe your nerves are starting to get the best of you or you can’t get those worrisome thoughts out of your head. Are you struggling to get along with someone important in your life? Maybe you’re not sleeping as well as you used to.

Sure, everyone goes through obstacles and bumps on the road of life. Often we can make it through those obstacles with some hard work, good stress management, support from family and friends, or some vacation time.

But what if your usual tricks to beat the blues or calm your nerves just aren’t working like they used to? How can you tell if it might be time to get some professional support for what you’re going through? Could you really benefit from therapy?

To know if it might be time to seek some professional help, you might benefit from asking yourself these questions:

• Have I ever experienced this level of difficulty?
• Is my mood or worry affecting how I live my life?
• Are my job, school, or relationships suffering because of my current experiences?
• Have I ever had this much difficulty getting back to living the way I want to live?
• Have I been able to get better on my own?
• Do I know how to get better on my own?

Your answers to these questions may indicate that you would benefit from therapy. If you find yourself experiencing more distress than you have had to cope with in the past, and the distress is significantly affecting your job, school or relationships, you might benefit from therapy. If you are unsure of how to help yourself get better or your efforts are not helping you feel better, you might benefit from therapy.

If you think you might benefit from therapy, we, at Nebraska Mental Health Centers, would be happy to assist you. You can call us at 402-483-6990. If you don’t live nearby, the American Psychological Association (APA) can help you find the provider in your city who might be right for you at this link:

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Free presentations on mental health

FREE Mental Health Presentations will be given at NMHC  for parents, caregivers, and anyone who works with children starting next week as part of Children’s Mental Health Week. Here is a list of the upcoming topics.

A Parent’s Guide to Bullying: Mon May 7 at 6:00pm

When to Worry About Worrying: Tues May 8 at 7:00pm

ADHD or Inattention: Wed May 9 at 7:00pm

Coping with Trauma: Thurs May 10 at 7:00pm

Managing Problem Behaviors: Fri May 11 at 5:00pm

We hope you can join us for what we feel will be an informative series on mental health and its importance in our everyday lives.

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NMHC to hold special event on Parent-Child Interaction Training


Dr. Kimberly Zlomke

March 14th, 2012 11:00am at NMHC

Current Practices and New Research in Parent-Child Interaction Training (P-CIT)

in Evidence-Based Treatment for Childhood Behavior Disorders


  • Basic procedures and populations of P-CIT

  • Primary effectiveness of P-CIT with differing special populations (autism spectrum)

  • Key components of P-CIT that support changes in family functioning


NMHC is located at

4545 S. 86th St.

Lincoln, NE 68502 

(on the southeast corner of 84th and Pioneers)

Please call Thomas McPherson at 402-483-6990 or email if you wish to attend or have any questions.    

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NMHC to take part in Autism Spectrum/ADHD Event this Monday

We at NMHC are proud to have been invited by Learning Rx Centers in Lincoln to take part in a very special event this upcoming Monday. Here is the official release:


As one “Biggest Loser” couple explained on national television, autism doesn’t just impact individuals. It impacts entire families.


You may remember Phil and Amy as contestants on Season Six of “The Biggest Loser” reality TV show. Phil and Amy’s youngest son, Rhett, was diagnosed with autism when he was just two. Stressed by the impact of the disorder on their family, Phil and Amy say that they turned to food to comfort, putting on a combined total of more than 250 unwanted pounds. They eventually lost that weight—and found new resources to cope with autism.


You are invited to meet Phil and Amy and hear their story at a community-wide autism and ADHD resources event on March 5th. Also present will be representatives of numerous local care providers and support groups that specialize in helping those impacted by autism and ADHD.


Phil and Amy, since their appearance on “The Biggest Loser,” have created a 90-day fitness challenge. They will be sharing their story about autism, as well as their journey to a healthy lifestyle. Numerous weight loss clinics will be in attendance to share their resources and products, too.


Nebraska Mental Health Centers is proud to be a participant in this important event. Please join us and take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about our programs, as well as other local and national resources available to you and your family. A nurse from Madonna ProActive will be doing free health screenings at the event.


Meet Phil and Amy Parham from “The Biggest Loser” and hear their autism and weight loss story at the Community Autism and ADHD Resource Event.

March 5th at 6:30pm

The Lodge at Wilderness Ridge: 1800 Wilderness Woods Place Lincoln, NE 68512


Autism and ADHD are the fastest growing developmental disabilities in American, with 1 in 110 children (and 1 in 70 boys) being impacted by autism. Because autism is a “spectrum” disorder—with symptoms ranging from very mild to severe—it impacts individuals, and their families, very differently. Knowing what local and national resources are available to address the unique needs of your family can make all the difference in the world.


While reservations are not required, your R.S.V.P. will help us know how to prepare and are appreciated. Please respond to this email and let us know you’re planning on attending.

 We look forward to seeing you on March 5th.

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Hello and Welcome

WELCOME to the official blog of Nebraska Mental Health Centers. I’m very excited to bring you news and other goings-on here at NMHC, and look forward to the insights our clinicians will contribute here about mental health and whatever else might be on their minds.

I am not a mental health professional, but one thing that struck me upon taking this job is how much stigma there is surrounding those who seek mental health treatment. In some cases it could lead to one denying help when he or she really needs it. Too often, society regards those who seek mental health services as “crazy,” “unstable,” or “weak” when the person may merely have a problem that affects his or her quality of life. Many organizations and individuals have come forth to combat this stigma—it’s made headlines both here in the U.S. and other countries. We as a society should not condemn or label anyone who seeks help when it’s needed.

Keep in mind, erasing the stigma won’t be the only mission of this blog. What I hope this blog does is engage, entertain, and educate. Whether you live right here in Nebraska or thousands of miles away, I hope you find what’s written here worth reading.

We look forward to talking more. In the meantime, you can check us out at our official website at or find us on Facebook or Twitter. We can also be reached the good ol’ fashioned way on the phone at 402-483-6990.


Thomas McPherson

Technical Coordinator

Nebraska Mental Health Centers


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