There are several reasons why people finally choose therapy. One person loses their child, and their loss is too great to bear alone. Another person goes because they need accountability, while someone else struggles with severe anxiety.
These are all vastly different reasons to choose therapy, but they all have one thing in common. Seeking a way to cope and be guided through life. Almost all of us need it at some point.
The role of a therapist is a special one. The things you learn in therapy can help bring comfort, clarity, and confidence in the years that follow. This article will cover just some of the ways that therapy can change and improve your life.
Therapy will teach you…
Many of us were never taught healthy boundaries. We often lack the awareness of just how important boundaries are to healthy relationships. A lot of tension and discord within your relationships can come from a lack of healthy boundary setting. A lack of boundaries can also affect your self-worth, which is disempowering.
If you’ve ever struggled with the word “no”, you probably know just how tough it is to set and keep a boundary. Your therapist can help you understand why boundaries are challenging and teach you the skills to enforce them.
Boundaries are also not the same for everyone. Your therapist can help you uncover your own personal needs and boundaries. When you clearly define your boundaries, it’s easier to communicate your needs and leads to healthier, happier relationships.
You know that voice in your head that tells you all the ways you could do better? I think it’s safe to say many of us hear that nagging voice in varying degrees. Varying degrees of trauma and lack of emotional validation in your early years will determine how loud that voice is.
Negative early experiences can have a profound effect on the way you view yourself as an adult, and many times leads to problems like anxiety and depression. Your therapist will help you find your strengths, create attainable goals, and ultimately create an environment that builds empowerment.
Pain isn’t as straight forward as we often think it is. Whether your pain is emotional or physical, there are psychological factors that affect the intensity of pain. Never learning how to manage pain can lead to chronic health issues and disorders like depression and anxiety.
Whether dealing with the emotional pain of grief or physically chronic pain, a therapist can provide you with tools like emotional regulation and relaxation techniques. These skills make it easier to move through pain.
Stress is an unavoidable part of life, but some people certainly handle it better than others. Mental health conditions like anxiety and depression can make you more vulnerable to the negative side of stress.
If you’re someone who often feels paralyzed by stress, you know just how defeating this feels. You might even turn to unhealthy coping like isolating or taking your stress out on others.
Therapy can’t claim to melt your problems away, but it does give you the tools to manage them. The strategies and skills learned in therapy are designed to rewire your brain and change your perspective. Therapy and counseling can help you build the mental toughness that give you the confidence to handle anything life throws at you.
Letting go and moving on is hard. We all have something we strive to maintain control over. Whether it’s someone you love or a life situation you’re no longer happy in, we often end up holding on even at our own expense.
Anxiety and trauma will play an important role in your need for control. Your counselor will address these issues with you. Therapy gives you a safe space to express your fears and approach solutions at your own pace.
There’s something very isolating about going through something horrible and feeling like you’re the only one drowning. When it feels like the world is against you and no one understands nor cares, it’s no wonder people fall into depression.
It’s powerful to know you’re not alone. It’s comforting and helps validate your experience. A skilled therapist will give you insight on the human experience and help you realize how many people go through the same things.
There are some experiences we live through that feel too vulnerable to share with those around us. There are things that our family and loved ones just can’t help with, even when they try so hard to. Therapy is the light at the end of the tunnel for many.
Choosing therapy is choosing health and happiness. No one should have to go through hardship alone or without support. Using effective techniques like CBT, you can improve your life and heal from the past. If you’re a Texas resident, we have a dedicated group of counselors to choose from who can help you on your healing journey.
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.