There’s a quote (author unknown) that says “Every person should see a therapist; the smart ones do”.
I’ve been wanting to share this post for quite some time (I’ve even mentioned it a few times on my instagram stories) but haven’t, until now, found all the words to encompass everything I wanted this post to say. I was over thinking it (as I am known to do – hey look, a reason why I see a therapist!) but I realized that I didn’t need to. What it comes down to is that I want to be open with the fact that I see a therapist in order to reduce the stigma in talking about therapy and explain why really everyone should go. 😊
I talked a bit about therapy in my post last year on Why We Need to Talk About High-Functioning Depression but with this post I wanted to talk more specifically about why therapy is beneficial to everyone, ie. why you should go to therapy.
You should go to therapy because: You can learn new strategies
You should go to therapy because: Your problems & challenges get heard
You should go to therapy because: You deserve it
I know that the barriers to therapy can be more than just the stigma. For some it may be financial, for others geographic. Whatever the barriers you face, there are ways around them. There are over-the-phone and online therapists for those who may not be able to get to one. For someone with financial concerns, therapy may be covered by your health care plan, there may be free therapy at a nearby college with therapists-in-training, or there may be payment plans or other options that would work for you.
We live in a world where people feel pressured to present perfection, and that can mean not reaching out for valuable resources like therapy. It can also mean not opening up to loved ones about therapy. When I started telling people this year that I went to therapy (I’m a very open person in case you can’t tell) I was floored by how many of friends said that they did too! Many said it sheepishly, many said it with a sigh of relief that they were telling someone. These are men & women who are ‘perfect’ in my eyes, and hearing that they are in therapy really solidified my belief that therapy is for everyone.
I encourage all of you to just go and see a therapist. You may need to try a few out before you find the perfect fit, but trust me it is so worth it.