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There are numerous benefits to going to therapy and seeing a mental health professional. It can be a bit intimidating, but once you go and get settled in, you won’t regret it. Let's talk about why you should go to therapy and the benefits you can expect from it.
Most people wind up in a therapy office for the first time due to unexpected life challenges. When life seems to be crashing down and you feel like you have exhausted all options a therapist can help you make the unbearable, bearable. One of the best things about therapy is that the therapist is objective; they have no “buy-in” in relation to your life. This allows for an unbiased point of view, which greatly helps when you are dealing with a complex challenge. A therapist can guide you into what is best for you with no strings attached.
To start, let's define what the difference is between thoughts, feelings, and emotions. 1) Thoughts are opinions, perspectives, memories, predictions, or ideas that stem from life experiences. 2) Feelings are sensations we experience within the body. These include: the pit in the stomach, tight chest, lump in the throat, racing heartbeat, sweaty palms, etc. 3) Emotions are reactions in response to events or situations. These include: sadness, anger, happiness, joy, stress, etc.
As we encounter challenges in life, we will experience a range of thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Sometimes we don’t understand what these sensations are trying to tell us. Therapy helps you understand what you are feeling, why you are feeling it, and what to do about it. You will begin to learn how to control these sensations and use them to your advantage.
Therapy allows anyone to overcome core conflicts and beliefs they personally face. Each one of us deals with various core conflicts and beliefs. These develop from our environmental experiences we face through our lives. They can often range from simple tendencies and norms to hardened habits that cause us to act in certain ways. Think of the things you constantly worry about in your life. Do you worry about finances, dating, material things, or your job? Why do you specifically worry about those things? Did your life experiences play a role? Therapy will provide you with the means to overcome those conflicts and beliefs.
We often hide who we truly are out of fear of what other people would think about us. Therapy gives us the safe environment to openly discuss who we are and who we would like to become. This gives us the confidence to truly live as that person. As we develop more confidence in living authentically, we discover what a personally meaningful and fulfilling life would look like. Therapy will guide you to answer for yourself the biggest questions you have in life. What is your purpose? What do you want to accomplish? Who do you want to become? What lights you up? What makes life meaningful to you? All of these answers are waiting to be discovered!
Our ‘why’ behind “Don’t Skip Therapy” is: we believe that no matter what, it all comes down to mental health. No matter the heartache, trial, or challenge you face in life, if you have your mental health in check, you will be able to manage and conquer that thing. Therapy helps us achieve exactly that. When we go to therapy, we consciously choose to work on and develop our mental health. We come away with the skills, experience, and understanding to overcome and face those challenges.
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