Many people love it and recommend it. Some say, they couldn’t do without it. On countless occasions, I’ve been told by many, that they wish they had debated less about it and started sooner.
Making the decision to start THERAPY isn’t a light one and it’s common to contemplate it. Not only are there many uncertainties about the process, but also many misconceptions that can impact the decision to start therapy. Although more and more people are opening up about going to therapy (even Jay-Z has a therapist!), the stigma surrounding therapy continues to paralyze far too many people. It is frequently perceived as something only a person with a mental illness or mental health disorder (such as, depression, bipolar etc.) would do. This idea completely discounts the various other reasons that therapy could benefit an individual and is overlooked as an option for support. While therapy can most definitely be valuable when dealing with a mental health illness, it can also be extremely beneficial for anyone needing an additional supportive person to help them work out concerns that arise, in this thing we call life – work, relationships, family, life adjustments and life decisions. The list of life concerns can go on and on and on…
Stop contemplating it, put yourself first and go for it! Therapy can be a part of your self-care (not just bubble baths and exercise! Although there’s a place for them too!). Therapy is a place just for you. It provides a safe, non-judgmental environment where undivided attention is given to freely discuss life concerns. A therapist won’t tell you what to do, or not do, and will be accepting of YOU. If you’ve ever thought about it, I am here to empower and encourage you to TRY IT. Take a stand against the stigma. Because, YOU MATTER.
“The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying small stones.” - Chinese Proverb