There is nothing to fear when visiting a therapist! If you’ve never been, you might be feeling like you don’t know what to expect. (you can find out what to expect here)
This handy list of reasons to go to therapy might help you, especially if you are hesitant.
Try to remember, your mental health is just as important as your physical health, despite what society may try to tell you.
1. It’s easier to talk to someone you don’t know
Even if you talk to your sister, your mom or your best friend regularly, and that’s good, there is a familiarity there, you can start feeling like a burden to them over time and that might minimize how you feel. Sometimes it takes someone you don’t know to actually reflect back to you what may be getting in the way of you feeling better. As therapists, we know how to get to the heart of the situation with ideas for resolution. We’re listening, really listening. And a therapist will give you a forum to help see things more clearly and without bias.
2. We hear you
You may have unusual habits and phobias that you don’t want to talk to your friends about - out of embarrassment, potentially. You can tell your therapist anything, without having to apologize about it. You can find out if there’s a way to work towards getting through these issues. We won’t dismiss your fears. We are listening.
3. This is time just for you
When you seek professional help, your therapy sessions become that time to focus on you - step away from your busy schedule and work on improving your overall mental wellness.
It’s a time to explore what you want in life, your thoughts, what’s holding you back with vulnerability and honesty. You can learn new ways to help with problems you are having, and take the opportunity to learn more about the issues that are affecting your mental health and how you can improve things.
4. You’ve heard it’s for crazy people
That’s not true. You absolutely do not need to be suffering from a mental illness or a significant trauma to feel the benefits of talking to someone. Therapy is so misunderstood. People feel shame for going to therapy. We want to change that stigma and make it easy for anybody to go to therapy - it’s good for everyone. We all struggle at times and there is always something we can talk about and share to achieve some more peace.
5. Think of how you’ll feel after
Our clients tell us they often worry, on the way to their therapy appointment, that they aren’t sure what they’re going to talk about. It’s when they sit down across from their therapist that the ideas start flowing. And every time you leave the therapy room, you’ll feel like you are walking on air - calmer, more grounded, and connected. Therapists are very good at making connections to things in your life. And they help you make those connections.
So what are you waiting for?
I don’t think weak people go to therapy. I think it’s quite the opposite. Strong people confront their problems. You can be both strong and struggling at the same time. They get vulnerable and as a result, they learn more about themselves. Mental health is as important as physical health. Reflecting and expressing yourself is as important as eating vegetables and getting a good night’s sleep.
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