When I was younger, I thought only crazy people or people with ‘real problems’ went to therapy. Then, one day I became one of those people in therapy for some personal issues I was going through. Was I crazy? Not at all! In fact therapy opened me up to myself, and even when I ‘stopped needing’ it, I still wanted to go. It’s my time and I love it. Ever since, I have become a big believer in therapy and I feel like everyone should go at least at one point or another in their life!
1. You don’t have to be crazy to go to therapy, and you don’t have to go through some life-altering scenario; sometimes therapy is just good for the mind. Speaking to someone who does not know you and who is impartial can help give you some real insight into who you are, and in many ways can give you some excellent perspective on your own life.
2. Sometimes when we are going through things, it may be difficult to open up to family and friends. They may not fully understand or they may not know what to say or how to deal with us. That is okay – it’s human nature. A therapist can get you to be more open and can help you assess the situation at hand. They can give you positive enforcement with an unbiased attitude that will help you get through this trying time in your life.
3. It feels good to talk to someone. Yes, we have family, and yes, we have friends, but sometimes they are bombarded and busy with their own lives. It is nice to schedule at least one hour a week to just plain pour your heart out, whether it’s good or bad. This is your time, let it all out.
4. Good therapy will give you the courage you need to stand up for yourself. If you are in a negative situation, sometimes therapy is just the push you need to help yourself get out of it. It’s that boost of self-confidence that you need to make better more positive decisions that will enable you to be in a better place.
5. Therapy is a great place to let out your inner crazy. You can say everything you are thinking, and you are not being judged (theoretically at least; everyone judges — that’s just a fact!) It’s a place for complete honesty. There is nothing like having an outlet where not only can you be completely honest with someone else, but you can be completely honest with yourself. Personally I believe this leads to better relationships with others – not just romantic relationships, but all relationships (family, friends, coworkers, acquaintances).