There are many perceptions about therapy and how it should be used. Generally, therapy is seen as something to be used if you are experiencing significant mental health issues or going through a major personal change. That doesn’t have to be the case. We often see everyday problems as meaningless and trivial without realising their impact on our overall wellbeing. These issues will only continue to eat away at us if left unresolved. Having recently had a round of therapy sessions, I want to highlight 3 reasons why I believe everyone should try therapy in their lifetime.
You Will Uncover Things You Didn’t Know About Yourself
People are led to believe partaking in therapy is a sign of weakness. An inability to handle a situation for yourself. Simply the notion of speaking to someone in a safe space can offer a release and allow you to process your emotions effectively. At first, it might feel like you have nothing to address and will wonder why you showed up in the first place. As you start to open up you will notice a readiness to engage in what’s on your mind and get it out in the open.
So often when we have feelings of sadness, anger and guilt we try our best to suppress them deep inside. We forget it is part of what makes us human. A therapist will teach you to be accepting of these feelings rather than fight against them. Working with you to distinguish the source of any fears, doubts, or suffering. Permitting you to learn more about yourself and patterns of behaviour. And gain clarity on what’s most important to you in life.
Learn Skills for Coping Through Hard Times
As we transition through life, facing hardships is inevitable. We can get so wrapped up in our own minds engaging in unhelpful thought patterns that sometimes only make the experience feel heavier. The job of a therapist is to help you see an alternative perspective. The time you spend working with your therapist will encourage you to question these thoughts. Spending time considering what is true or a false narrative your mind has composed for itself.
A commonly used practice with patients is to give a name to the voice inside your head. Whenever something doesn’t feel true to your nature or beliefs you can say that it’s (…) talking. As crazy as that sounds it helps detach yourself from any negative thoughts that are not serving any purpose to you. It helps you to build a more resilient mind and brings a sense of light-heartedness to the situation.
Improved Quality of Life
Some people may be fine to vent their feelings with family and friends. But it is unlikely they will be able to provide you with the tools you need to work through a situation properly. A therapist is trained to provide support and help you recognise any patterns of behaviour that could hold you back. Showing you a path towards being the happiest, most productive, most loving version of yourself. While it takes a great deal of trust, commitment, and patience to see results from the work you are putting in, you will reap the benefits of this in years to come.
A good therapist will teach you how to be a more effective communicator. Once you are some way into your treatment the level of openness and willingness for you to uncover and pick apart your problems will undoubtedly improve the relationships you have with those around you. You will become more confident in relaying what you need from others and form deeper connections as a result. You can also become more compassionate to others who might also be going through something.
Therapy is a useful tool for anyone looking to be their happiest self and living the most fulfilling life available to them. It shouldn’t be something you feel you have to do but rather something you can gain from. There is no quick fix from therapy but a multitude of benefits you can gain from this investment in the long run.
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