The stigmas of mental health have come a long way over the years. Conversations surrounding mental wellness are expressed more openly and many are catching on to the importance of its impact on daily life. Even with all this progress, there is room for improvement. It’s time to shake the idea that therapy is an option only considered when we can no longer keep our head above water.
Many people think of therapy as an emergency service exclusively used in a time of crisis. This simply isn’t true. Let’s put an end to this misinformed notion. Like a monthly massage or physical check-up, everyone can benefit from talk therapy.
If you’ve ever considered therapy only to write it off because you believe need a ‘bigger reason’ – you’re not the only one. It’s common to ignore seemingly small struggles. You should know that no problem is too small for therapy, and you don’t even need problems to utilize it. Therapy often seems like a complicated and overwhelming process, but it doesn’t have to be. Maybe some insight will ease your stress. Be sure to check out our blog on how to get the most out of a therapy session.
If you remain skeptical of the benefits of therapy, read on to learn more about what talking to a professional can do for your life.
Therapy sessions aren’t just a place for “people with problems” Therapy is a proactive process full of growth and discovery. It can be a learning experience that helps us become the person we aspire to be. Being disconnected from who we are and what our core needs are often creates tension within important relationships.
Problems with codependency, misunderstanding, and constant conflict are often the result of not knowing these needs. With the help of therapy, you discover more about your individual needs and desires. A therapist can also help you develop communication skills like active listening and how to create connection.
Many people don’t really know themselves very well. Early childhood experiences play a big role in our self-perception, sometimes in negative ways, causing us to believe negative things about who we are. It’s also not uncommon to rely on the opinions of other people. Unfortunately, this is a very damaging approach to self-awareness.
Counseling provides an encouraging, safe space to get to know yourself below the surface. Oftentimes, self-awareness is lacking because we’re afraid to look at the darker parts of ourselves that we keep safely out of sight from others and even ourselves.
Having a professional to guide you through this exploration can serve many benefits. With therapy, you get to look at your behavior from an unbiased, non-judgmental perspective, with someone who is trained and has your best interest in mind. From here you learn to form your own opinion and gain trust in your own instincts.
You know that suffocating feeling when it seems like you just can’t catch a break? That’s often a result of unexpressed emotions finally catching up to you. Therapy is that place where you know you are safe to express yourself and release negative emotions.
Ignoring or repressing emotional stress is a poor coping mechanism and the effects compound over time. In therapy, you get to discover new ways to cope and manage stress. A trained counselor will show you techniques and productive ways to manage triggers and emotional stressors.
You don’t go to therapy to slap a band-aid on a wound. Successful therapy changes you as you explore the depths of your mind and alters the brain as a result. If science is your thing, a 2017 study supports this claim, showing evidence that psychotherapy techniques like CBT have a direct effect on the brain and how it reacts to stressors.
No one goes through life unscathed from emotional damage. Therapy helps us look at our core issues that keep us stuck, and you often grow and change as a result. The coping skills, habits, and insight you gain in session will help you all throughout your life, not just while you’re in the office chair.
The purpose of therapy is not only to heal and cope, but to build the skills that help you get the most out of life. The guidance you get from a counselor can be instrumental in identifying imbalances in your life and restoring them.
Therapy doesn’t claim to be the key to happiness, but it does teach you the skills to move through negative emotions, identify self-limiting beliefs, and build self-esteem. These skills are invaluable for living a fulfilled and happy life.
There are so many good reasons to go to therapy. Taking charge of your mental health being the biggest one of all. It’s never too soon to practice self-care.
You don’t have to be a mental mess to start your counseling journey. In fact, a proactive approach toward mental health can prevent a lot of unnecessary suffering. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and therapy is a powerful preventative measure.
If you want to grow and improve your day-to-day life, therapy could be a great tool. Our practice offers compassionate, individualized counseling in Flower Mound and Southlake, Texas. Take a look at our services to learn more.
Here at Dr. Messina and Associates, our compassionate team of professionals are qualified to help you at our Flower Mound, Texas, and Southlake, Texas, offices. Our Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Counselors specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychological testing, and medication management for a variety of emotional and behavioral health needs. All services are available in-person and online (telehealth). If you or a loved one are seeking help with mental health, we are here to help.