In an Elite Daily article, a therapist discusses her unique perspective as a therapist who goes to therapy, and provides five reasons on why everyone could benefit from counseling.
1. Your relationship with your therapist is unique.
Although your relationships with your loved ones – parents, siblings, significant other, etc. – are important, they are not the same as a relationship with a therapist.
Therapists are completely devoted to their clients and what their clients have to say. It is a one-sided relationship in which everything revolves around you for each hour-long session. Even better, while you discuss your thoughts, feelings, and how to process everything, your therapist will not judge or claim you are too needy.
2. Opening up to a therapist will help you be more trusting.
Therapy requires that you share parts of yourself that you have not shared with your closest confidant. Your deepest fears, your darkest thoughts, your life’s worst tragedies.
It is not easy to do this, but it does help to remember that therapists have decided to live a life in service of helping others. They are trained to be accepting, understanding, and compassionate. Learning to be open with your therapist will help you be more trusting.
3. Everyone experiences hardships in life.
Life is difficult to navigate, regardless of where you’re from or where you’re going. Everyone experiences his or her own stressors and hardships throughout life.
Whether your loved one died or you are stressed at work, your reasoning for wanting to talk to a therapist is valid. Do not allow someone to tell you your problems are not important enough.
5. An outside perspective is helpful.
Therapy provides an outside perspective that neither our loved ones nor we can provide. This unique viewpoint enables your therapist to make new observations and see things in a different light.
By being completely honest with who you are and why you are in therapy, your therapist can best help you reframe your thoughts and address your concerns.
6. Therapists want to help you.
All therapists are working towards clients having their “a ha” or “lightbulb” moments. These moments, also called breakthroughs, are when a client realizes something important.
This moment varies from client to client. It could be recognizing unhealthy patterns, or realizing why you struggle with romantic relationships. Therapists live for these realizations.
Whether you need to work through deep-seated issues or a safe place to unload, therapy is a powerful experience capable of helping you. Do not let the stigma against mental health discourage you from talking to a therapist.