Unfortunately there is a stigma that surrounds the concept of going to therapy. This stigma, at times, shames people from going to therapy completely.
The truth is that we can all benefit from a therapy session or two!
Internal feelings and emotions should be discussed, and, sometimes, we really need a trained professional to listen to us and guide us through life's many challenges.
Therapy isn’t only useful when there is a major problem in your life. Yes, it’s a helpful outlet that can help us solve big problems and mental health issues
, but it can also be a means to improve an already decent life as well.
Today, we share seven ways that therapy can help anyone, at any age, at any time.
1. Therapy can help you love and accept yourself, fully.
It’s important to maintain a healthy, positive self-image. Sometimes, we simply lose the feelings of love and self-acceptance in the chaos that invades our daily lives. Also, therapy teaches us practical ways to overcome self-esteem issues or any self-doubt.
2. Therapy can help you reach your goals.
Therapy can provide you with the tools necessary to reach personal goals and overcome any roadblocks that might get in your way.
3. Therapy can help you be a better parent.
It can be difficult for some of us to admit that we might not be perfect parents. Naturally, we tend to revert to parenting skills
that we saw in our childhood. Therapy not only helps us see things differently, it shows our children that it’s okay to have emotions we can’t always control ourselves. Therapy can help you become the parent your child needs.
4. Therapy can help you forgive and move on.
Some experiences in our lives make it difficult to let go and move on. Holding a grudge can cause serious physical, mental, emotional and relational consequences. Therapy can help you get over these issues, move on, and rework positive experiences into your life.
5. Therapy can help you deal with future stress.
We can’t predict what will happen to us in the future – we can only prepare to have the strength to handle whatever is thrown our way. Knowing how to deal with problems in a healthy way is key to handling curveballs that get thrown our way in the future. If you're feeling afraid or that you lack skills to tackle what lies ahead, talk to a therapist.
6. Therapy can help you feel less alone.
Even if you have a slew of supportive loved ones in your life, they might not fully understand what you’re going through. Therapy is an unbiased outlet that helps reassure you that you’re not alone in your quest.
7. Therapy can improve some physical symptoms.
Swallowing up feelings can lead to negative physical symptoms that accompany mental health problems including depression, anxiety, and stress
. Therapy can help alleviate these symptoms before they get severe.
If you feel you could benefit from therapy, don’t wait to seek someone to talk to. It’s a normal activity that can help you deal with uneasy feelings.
Allison K Chase, PhD, CEDS is Executive Director at Eating Recovery Center, Austin, TX.