Kristina de Bree, a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), is answering a common question people may find themselves wondering as the coronavirus pandemic continues: how do you know when it’s time to see a therapist in Santa Clarita?
de Bree recommended using a scale of zero to 10, with zero being “totally calm and at peace” and 10 being “the worst you’ve ever felt in your life,” and asking yourself where you are on average.
“I know we’re all a little bit higher because of everything going on with the coronavirus so it’s hard to gauge,” de Bree said. “When you’re between four and seven, that’s when you really need to be considering therapy, and when you’re above seven, you absolutely need to get to a therapist as soon as possible.”
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While some days may fall higher on the scale than others, de Bree noted that it’s important to pay attention to the regular average, and to make sure that number doesn’t continue to increase over time.
“It can have this snowball effect and things can unravel more quickly than we understand,” she said.
While some people who do fall into the four to seven range may say they can “handle” it on their own by making positive changes like going for walks every day or eating more healthy foods, de Bree pointed out that this might not work for everyone.
“For some people, they can, but for others, that doesn’t work,” she said. “One of the things that I tell people is, it’s better to go and pay for five to 10 therapy sessions when you’re at that four to seven than to wait until it gets to a seven out of 10.”
Someone in the seven to 10 range may need more frequent therapy sessions for a longer period of time, or they may need a higher level of care than therapy, instead needing outpatient treatment or hospitalization, according to de Bree.
For those who aren’t sure where they fall on this scale or if they need therapy at this point, de Bree is offering a free 15-minute phone consultation. For more information on scheduling this consultation, contact de Bree by calling 661-513-4857 or visiting her website.
Ed. Note: This article is a KHTS Community Spotlight based on a recent radio interview with Kristina de Bree, LMFT in Santa Clarita.
Santa Clarita therapist Kristina de Bree is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) who specializes in trauma and grief. As an LMFT in Santa Clarita, de Bree’s mission is to enable those enduring trauma to heal and develop strength and resilience for facing their pain and experiences, shed the shame, and improve their overall quality of life. In addition to being a Santa Clarita LMFT, de Bree is a EMDRIA Certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant. Those looking for the best therapist in Santa Clarita or a “therapist near me” can contact de Bree today.
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