Where To Turn When You Need To Talk To Someone

By Mary Elizabeth Dean|Updated April 28, 2022
CheckedMedically Reviewed By Kimberly L Brownridge , LPC, NCC, BCPC Counsel The Mind, LLC

Everyone needs someone to talk with. You might be having trouble in your relationship, or you want somebody outside of your bubble to share your life with. No matter what the reason, relationships are the focal point of life. When we connect with people around us, we flourish and are happy people.

Is There Somebody I Can Turn To?

There are many reasons why you might need somebody to talk with in a happy relationship. There might be certain things you'd rather not discuss with your partner in your happy relationship, but you still need to discuss them. You might also need somebody to vent to about your relationship issues. It is completely normal to need emotional support outside of your relationship. The bond you have with your partner is a big part of your life, but it shouldn't be whole thing. A close friend you can trust might be a great person you can turn to. All you must do is be sure this person is trustworthy of your time and emotions.

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Where To Turn To: Talk To A Friend

The friend that you choose should be someone that you trust and that trusts you. When you first come to them, explain the situation. Let them know whether you are seeking advice or if you want someone to vent to. If you are planning on keeping a happy relationship with your partner, let your friend know. The last thing you want is for this person to hold the things you say against your partner.
We all experience problems in our relationships, and we need someone to turn to from time to time. There may come a day when your friend needs to turn to you for help, as well. As long as you make sure you set the right boundaries and rules initially, you can ensure a successful time for both of you. We all need someone to talk to, and a friend could be the perfect person to help you.

Where To Turn To: Talk To A Family Member

A close family member could offer a lot of help to you in your time of need. A family member offers the benefit of knowing you well. This person is also someone that you know you can trust, as family bonds are usually stronger than that of a friend.

If the family member you choose to help you with is older, you will benefit from talking to someone wiser than you about your issues. Your family member can offer insight into the workings of relationships, drawing from his or her experiences. You will also be able to trust any advice is given since it will be based on real-life experience.

When you involve a family member, it is important to set boundaries here as well. You want to be sure that nothing you are discussing gets around to the other members of your family. You surely don't want your business to be shared with those you don't trust. Your family member may not realize these are sensitive subjects, so be sure to chat with them early on to avoid this type of occurrence from happening.

Where To Turn To: Talk To A Support Group

A different approach to reaching out for help could come in the form of a support group. This is a great option for those who aren't comfortable telling the people close to them about their relationship problems.

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There are many different ways you can participate in a support group. One option is through group therapy. This would be a good option for someone that wants a professional dialed into the issues they need help with. Usually, this consists of a group of people lead by a therapist or counselor. Although the therapist is there to help, the session's dialogue is normally controlled by the members of the group.

If you are looking for a more easily accessible option, you could consider social media. There are virtual support groups out there for almost any issue you can think of. The benefit of social media is not only convenience but also a strong likelihood that you will find someone in a similar situation.

Often, seeking guidance or help from someone who has been through what you are going through offers the most comfort. You will be able to relax, knowing that this person understands you and knows what you're going through. You can also trust the advice given since it is tried and true.

A support group could be the best option for you. This all depends on you. If you are the type of person that likes to have many different takes on an issue, this is great for that. On the other hand, if you are not someone that handles criticism well, you could be setting yourself up for failure. Inevitably, there will be someone in a group of people that don't agree with you or the way you do things. You could be setting yourself up to be disappointed if you don't anticipate this.

Where To Turn To: Talk To A Religious Leader

If you are religious, you could seek guidance from a religious leader at your place of worship.

This is a good option for those who root much of their life in their faith. If you want to be sure they are living their life by the standards of your religion, this is the best approach. You will be able to draw guidance and direction from your religion's writings and the counsel of someone with more knowledge than you. Additionally, if your partner is also involved in the religion, you can trust together that the advice given is right for your life.

This is such a good option because your religious leader probably doesn't play an active role in your social life. They will also be able to provide counsel free from judgment or condemnation. Since he or she is there to be sure, you walk strong in your faith, and support will be their only goal.

Where To Turn To: Start A Blog

For some people, talking to a person doesn't do much to help. If you feel you need someone to talk or vent to but can't think of anyone in your life right for the job, start a blog.
A blog is a great option because it combines asking for help and journaling all in one. Journaling has been shown to help many people work through their relationship problems in a healthy and wholesome way. When you start a blog, you are expressing yourself to the world, and there's a chance someone will read along and offer help or be comforted from it.
You will be able to connect with people from all over the world with similar issues. You won't have to worry about any of them thinking of you or your partner any differently because they don't know you personally. This also gives the added benefit that any advice or guidance you receive is more likely to be unbiased. There will be no reason for a stranger to take sides, so it will be much easier for this person to give good, sound advice.

Where To Turn To Turn To A Counselor Or Therapist

Sometimes help from a regular person doesn't cut. If your relationship problems are too much to bear or you feel like you're going nowhere, a therapist is someone to talk to that you can trust and believe in.

A therapist will help you understand your relationship issues and how to solve them. This is another example of an outlet you can use that will be unbiased and as helpful as possible. Additionally, if you are experiencing relationship problems resulting from an underlying mental health issue, you could solve that in therapy as well. If this is the case, your relationship issues might fall away as you deal with your mental health.

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If you are looking for an easily acceptable therapist, ReGain is a great option. ReGain entire platform is based online. They have a whole host of accredited therapists and counselors who help people like you every day. You will be able to get the help you need and rest easy to be in good hands since you will be matched with the perfect therapist.

What Else May I Need To Know?

Don't let the stigma surrounding getting help from a counselor stop you from reaching out. Although you may be hesitant due to this stigma, understand that therapy is one of the best things you can do for yourself. You don't deserve to feel as if you have no one to turn to that understands and cares about how you feel.

A therapist's role often starts as a licensed professional and quickly evolves into a close friend with the best advice. You won't regret getting the help you need if you reach out and get it.

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