The Benefits of Seeking Out Therapy
By: Jenn Moss
Going to therapy, or some sort of counseling may be a lot more common than you think. More than 59 million people in America alone regularly seek out the help of a professional in the mental health field. Despite this rather large number, there remains a huge taboo around seeking mental health guidance. Perhaps there is a fear that if told, your friends and family will deem you as “crazy.”
However, just like your physical health should be something that you care for diligently, your mental health should be as well. Going to see the doctor for a physical ailment should just as much be normalized as seeking out therapy to better your mental health. After all, the mind-body connection is so important, and something that should be examined with intent.
Although there are many great benefits of seeking out therapy or counseling, here are a couple to keep in mind:
1. Undivided Attention
Speaking with a mental health worker allows you to have the person’s undivided attention (most of the time). They are quite literally being paid to do so. This can be a nice change from speaking with friends and family who may not be able to provide you this. By having someone spend the time to listen to you, you can talk fully about what is on your mind without fear of judgment.
2. Real-Time Introspection
Often the choice to go to therapy is provoked by some sort of crisis. This is usually brought about from trauma, or experiences we have kept pushed down, which then bubbled to the surface. However, it is nice to continually go to therapy to talk about things that are happening at the moment, so that they do not become repressed feelings such as those that probably brought you to therapy to start.
3. A Sacred Space
What is nice about going to therapy is that you have that time set aside in your schedule. You know that there will be an hour that you can talk about the things that are bothering you, what is going well and more. This may help alleviate some anxiety, knowing that you have a date set to process your feelings. This is a great form of self-care beyond bath bombs and massages.
What is also important to note is that you do not have to go to therapy just when things are wrong. Going to therapy consistently is a great practice and one that should not be surrounded by taboo.