I’ve always been interested in learning more about therapy and counseling. What it is, how people feel venting to a professional to help them, and the benefits of it. I believe that, in a way, it coincides with self-care. But it wasn’t until college that I decided I wanted to delve into the world of psychology and therapy.
While I studied Communications in college, I took a few psychology classes because I knew I wanted to help others in life. The topic of therapy was not something that I had prior experience with and it sparked my interests, with its success of being an outlet for those in need.
I decided to get more insight on the topic of therapy from a few of my friends: a teacher, a media professional, as well as a lab assistant. Their answers provided me with beneficial information on the various definitions of therapy and how it helps others.
What is your definition of therapy?
Lab Assistant: Therapy can mean a lot of things but at its most basic I think it means seeing someone when all of your efforts to feel better or change certain aspects of your life aren’t working out despite how much you try.
Media Professional: My definition of therapy is seeking counseling or treatment from a professional who works with you in dealing with issues such as emotional trauma or a disorder and helping you identify the cause in order to help you deal with or manage it in a healthy way.
Why do you believe people need it?
L.A.: People should be able feel happy at least sometimes. If that’s not possible alone there shouldn’t be any shame in seeking outside help to achieve it. Therapy represents this.
Teacher: I believe everyone should go to therapy one way or another. Whether for self-development or trying to find answers to past hurt or pain, therapy is needed to see your situation in a different light and to get answers to solve the issue.
M.P: I believe people seek therapy after getting to a point in their life where whatever is troubling them maybe consuming them if it’s traumatic or a disorder like alcoholism for example. Therapy could be the last straw of help a person needs in order to keep them from hurting themselves. A way of sharing and being open, honest about what may be burdening them with an expert.
Do you find it fulfilling?
L.A: I haven’t been to therapy but I respect and see the benefits of going when necessary.
Teacher: I️ enjoyed therapy a lot! I would definitely research therapists and find out what their main area of focus is on and go from there.
Do you find therapy to be challenging at times?
Teacher: I️ don’t see it as a challenge unless you’re not willing to be open, honest and vulnerable which I️ was going in to each of my therapy sessions. I️ felt at peace being there and to allow myself to lay down everything in front of someone who wouldn’t judge.
M.P: I do believe it’s very helpful and fulfilling for people. I’ve personally never been to a therapist but I can imagine for many it may be challenging.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of going to therapy?
L.A.: Going to therapy is a personal choice and only you can decide if you’re ready for this option. It’s okay to take other people’s opinions into account but the final choice is yours. Your mental and emotional health is what matters the most.
Teacher: Therapy is beneficial and it’s allowed me to be the vulnerable free woman I️ am now and the steps to step to solve certain issues we are faced with sticks with you forever. It’s been a year since I’ve been to therapy and I’m waiting for the day to go back… for a once every other month to just get a breather, a refresher, a fresh perspective into my busy life.
M.P: Because I’ve never been to therapy, I can’t give advice. But I would love advice from others on their experiences with therapy.
By: Alysia Lester, Anxiety In Teens Contributor