A lot of people are hesitant to talk to a therapist about their struggle with anxiety, depression, OCD, etc. because there’s a stigma surrounding seeing a therapist, they are afraid that it won’t help or they don’t feel comfortable talking to a stranger. These people, however, may not recognize the tremendous benefits that seeking professional help can have.
Before I get into the numerous benefits therapy can have, I want to remind you that there is no reason to be ashamed about talking to a therapist. Seeing someone shows that you’re taking CONTROL of your life. It’s a COURAGEOUS thing to do–not a sign of weakness. That said, you don’t have to tell anyone that you’re seeing a therapist if you want to keep it private.
Alright, here are some of the benefits to seeing a therapist:
- Therapy helps you consistently confront your issues in a healthy environment with someone you can trust. Remember, these professionals are not allowed to talk with anyone about your sessions with them unless they believe you are a danger to yourself.
- Therapy helps you set goals for yourself.
- Therapists can give you coping strategies that you may have never tried. A lot of people feel that they’ve tried everything, but that’s often not the case. It’s about finding the right strategy for you.
- Talking to a therapist can relieve stress.
- A therapist is also a trustworthy supporter. Your therapist is there to help and encourage you to overcome your struggles.
Remember, these are only a few of the numerous benefits therapy can have.
It’s also important to remember that therapists are professionals at what they do. They have worked with many people who have the same struggles that you do. Chances are you aren’t the only person who has expressed the same fears and thoughts.
Despite the life-changing effects that therapy can have, many people make numerous excuses to not see a therapist or discontinue therapy:
- People may stop seeing a therapist after a few sessions if they don’t see immediate results. The key to getting better, however, is persistence. If you don’t feel that you’re connecting with your therapist, try a new one. Find one that you feel understands you.
- People believe that seeing a therapist will automatically make them better. Getting better, however, requires that you make the conscious effort to better your life. Your therapist can’t do it for you.
- Many people hear that therapy hasn’t helped someone they know. Remember that everyone is different. You won’t know if talking to a therapist helps you unless you try it. Talking about your struggles can be difficult to do. Therapists understand that so don’t be afraid to cry to get upset.
Lastly, nothing worth having in life comes easily. Tackling your struggles shows you have self-worth. You deserve to be happy so trying everything to overcome your struggles, including talking to a therapist, is important.
By: Katie Ousley, Anxiety In Teens Contributor