My friend been going through a rough time recently and unfortunately, there’s only so much I can do to help her. I suggested that she go to a therapist because seeing a professional really helped me. She responded with, “I don’t want people to think I’m crazy.”
That really threw me off. I hate that there’s still this stigma that anyone who goes to therapy is crazy. That’s so not the case. Not to mention, I hate the word crazy. I think it’s stupid-offensive and completely belittles anyone dealing with mental illnesses or disorders.
I’ve been in and out of therapy for a good chunk of my life, and it has helped me in so many ways. It has given me a totally new perspective on myself, my life and how I interact with people and events. I think therapy is really important and that everyone can benefit from it.
Here are 6 reasons why you should go to therapy if you’re dealing with something:
Therapists Are Unbiased
Yes, your friends are great. Your parents give good advice. But they all have biased opinions about your life. Your therapist is objective. They don't know you as closely as your friends and family do. Sure, you might divulge some of your biggest secrets, but they're not directly involved in your life. They're able to give you perspective and advice from an unbiased place, which is often helpful and right.
Your therapist is not there to judge you or make you feel badly about anything. They're there to listen to you and offer professional advice. They won't judge you, which is really nice.
It's Your Business
No one has to know that you're in therapy if you don't want them to. You'll enter in a client-therapist confidentiality agreement so your secrets are safe with them. Unless you're therapist thinks you're a danger to yourself or others, they legally cannot say anything to anyone.
You Can Let It All Out
You get to literally spill your guts out. You can talk about how jealous you are of your best friend, how anxious you get over fish, how your mom really irritates you when she folds your shirts one way instead of the other. Literally anything that's bothering you, you're allowed to bring up. You can even cry your eyes out.
You'll Have Some Revalations
You learn a lot about yourself in therapy, which is a really good thing. For example, I learned where my anxiety comes from and why I constantly stress myself out. Your therapist will help you understand where some of your personality traits come from and how to cope with your issues.
A therapist's job is to help you with whatever you're dealing with. When I went to therapy for post-traumatic stress, my therapist offered coping mechanisms that I could try. We did a lot of breathing exercises and worked on ways that I could come to terms with my anxiety. They know of ways to deal with things that you'll never think of and that can really help you.
Have you ever been to therapy? Did it help? Are you afraid to go to therapy? Tell us in the comments!