The Cambridge Dictionary defines guilt as “a feeling of worry or unhappiness that you have because you have done something wrong…” Guilt is a normal emotional reaction. However, if you allow guilt to hang around too long, it will feel like a thousand pounds. Eventually it begins affecting more areas of your life. Guilt counseling is an excellent tool to help cast off the weight of your guilt and free yourself.
Feelings of guilt are oftentimes associated with mental health illnesses such as depression and anxiety. If left untreated, guilt can impact what you believe about yourself and have a negative effect on your self-esteem. When a person feels inadequate, it is very difficult to keep moving forward to pursue and achieve goals. Guilt can steal joy and happiness. It can cause you to avoid the person you may have hurt or even isolate yourself from everyone. Effects of guilt also present as anxiety, worry, upset stomach, regret, difficulty sleeping, perseverance over past mistakes, and muscle tension. In more serious cases, guilt can lead to self-harm or wanting to harm others.
If you are experiencing any of the above effects of guilt, it is time for grief counseling. Your mental well-being and quality of life go hand in hand, so it’s important to seek help so you can optimize your health.
Our team of professionals at Garrett are available in three convenient locations to serve your needs in Alabama: Jacksonville, Huntsville, and Boaz. Online appointments are also available for those who prefer meeting with a counselor from the safety and security of their own home. Contact us today for your initial consultation and see how our team at Garrett can help free you from the weight of guilt. You can reach us at (256) 239-5662, or click here to fill out the online form.
Guilt is defined by Merriam-Webster as feelings of deserving blame, especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy and a feeling of deserving blame for offenses. Guilt does not always come from events that actually took place. It can manifest through imagined situations as well. A local counselor can help you overcome your feelings of guilt through therapy.
Guilt is an emotion related to a sense of right and wrong. There are many circumstances in which guilt could inevitably follow. It could come from a decision we made that hurt someone or affected them in a negative way, or it could originate from a “what if” situation, such as running a red light. Thank goodness no one got hurt, but what if we had hit someone? Our mind then goes down a rabbit hole, and we could feel guilty over something that “could” have happened. Another common association with guilt is survivor’s guilt.
Because guilt is connected with a moral code, sometimes just talking through your feelings about the circumstances surrounding the guilt is enough to help you feel better. However, when guilt has become such a weight that it affects your self-esteem and feelings of self-worth, it’s time for you to seek out a local counselor. Through therapy, you will learn what factors contribute to your guilt. Once those are identified, your counselor will then guide you through the process of acceptance and forgiveness.
You do not have to carry the burden of guilt alone. Speak with one of our compassionate local counselors at Garrett. Contact us at (256) 239-5662 or fill out the online form here to schedule an appointment at one of our three locations, Huntsville, Boaz, or Jacksonville! To serve you better, we offer teletherapy and in-person visits.