For so long, using the word therapy brought with it so much shame and stigma. Many people even believe that going to therapy is a sign of weakness. Even worse, some argue that going to therapy is pointless when we can just talk to family and friends.
When people associate shame with therapy and psychology, they are subconsciously saying that talking about their feelings and thoughts is a source of embarrassment. And that could not be any further from the truth. As someone who seek professional help and still goes to therapy, I can tell you that therapy is not easy, nor is it a sign of weakness.
One of the biggest misconceptions around therapy is that it is only essential for those suffering from mental health conditions, but that is not true. Therapy is also useful and can help us deal with daily stress and problems. Regardless of what the problem you are facing is, therapy can be a great way to understand our emotions and get through difficult times.
Talking about our emotions, thoughts and feelings is imperative in order to maintain our emotional and mental health and therapy is a great outlet.
So, talk it out!
There is more to therapy than just sitting on a couch and talking. Therapy opens the door to communication and allows us to get to know ourselves on a much deeper level. In therapy, you are building a relationship that is based on trust, honesty, support and confidentiality; all of which are important keys to building a solid foundation for the healing journey.
Not only that, but there are also many more benefits to therapy, and here are some of them!
- Talking about things helps create a clearer picture of the situation
- It teaches you some great coping skills
- It helps you understand yourself and become more self aware
- Even after therapy, we will all still face problems. But therapy equips us with the right mindset and tools to deal with future curveballs!
- It helps you understand past trauma
- It helps you build a better relationship with yourself and in return with others
The benefits of therapy are numerous and the reality of it is that talking about our mental health conditions, struggles and challenges is nothing to be ashamed about. The same way we go on and take care of our physical health, we should also go after things that help improve our mental health. So let us collectively move towards normalizing therapy - because it does not only have the power to improve our life but also save it!
Therapy is not easy, especially for people with mental health conditions. When I first started going to therapy, it was hard and painful. I had to dig deep and challenge my thoughts and self limiting beliefs. It required me to rip open old wounds and relive them. But now that I have been going to therapy for almost 7 months, I can say that it was worth it.
Therapy allowed me to see life in a new lens. So please, if you think you need professional help, know that it is okay and that there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. You are not alone.
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