Some people have the misconception that going to therapy means that you must have something wrong with you. Once upon a time, people would go to great lengths to hide the fact that they were going to see a therapist. Even though this frame of thinking has changed over the years, it still exists to some degree.
As a result, a lot of people who could benefit greatly from seeing a therapist avoid it at all costs out of fear and shame. However, not only is it a good thing to see a therapist, but it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you.
One out of 4 Americans has seen a therapist at some point in their lives, and most people agree that it helped them more than hurt them.
If you’ve been considering seeing a therapist but aren’t quite sure if you’re ready, here are some of the many benefits that you can expect to gain from the experience.
Freedom From The Past
Whatever your reasons are for wanting to talk to someone about what’s going on in your mind, whether you suffered sexual harassment or abuse, had a strained relationship with your parents, or had a traumatic experience, therapy can help you break free from your pain.
Most people have had painful experiences in their past, and talking about it can help you to feel less isolated in your pain. A therapist is there to help you let go of how you feel and understand why it makes you feel the way you do. As a result, you may be able to rid yourself of patterns you had as a result of the past that you perhaps weren’t even aware of.
Understanding of Reality vs Perception
Often people get swept up in their emotions which they are convinced are reality. However, often the way things make us feel and the way that things actually are entirely different.
Therapy can help you break down what you think is bothering you and rationalize it. Sometimes things that we’re convinced we are righteous about are really just our minds playing tricks on us. A therapist is there to help us recognize that about our minds.
Someone To Listen To You
Regardless of how many friends you have or how good of a listener your spouse is, there’s nothing quite like the undivided attention of a trained professional listening to your every word.
A therapist doesn’t just listen but also offers professional insight which can make us feel validated and heard in ways we can’t find anywhere else.
If there’s anything you can take away from therapy, it’s that you are valued and your feelings and experiences matter in the big picture. It’s up to you to use the tools given to you during therapy or not.