Common Misconceptions About Therapy
Many people have misconceptions about therapy. There is often a lot of fear and stigma around therapy. However, it is one of the best things you can do for your mental health. Your emotional and mental health is important. Just as you go to a doctor for your physical health, therapy helps to treat and maintain your mental health. Below, we will discuss some important factors of therapy, and how it can help you.
Choosing a Therapist
Therapy is about communication and taking control of your life. This can be a lot easier if you find a therapist you like. You should shop around for a therapist that you feel comfortable with. Consider asking a friend for a referral or looking at professional profiles online. Many therapists offer free consultations for new clients over the phone. When you go for your first few sessions, know that you are trying it out. If you don’t feel like they are a good fit, try out a different therapist. The best therapy care comes when a client has a strong and trusting connection with their therapist.
You are in Control
You are in control during therapy. Your therapist’s job is to communicate with you and help you set goals for you to work through. But everything happens at your pace. You can discuss things as you see fit, and explore aspects of your life. Therapists listen without judging and help guide you in the right direction.
Therapy Doesn’t Force You To Dwell in the Past
Therapy is a process that looks toward the path to help develop your mental health in the present. Therapy helps you identify problems from past experiences and learn new skills for moving forward. Self-awareness, self-love, and self-esteem are all fostered through this process.
Therapy is Not a Sign of Weakness
Just as a physical therapist helps train your body, a therapist helps train your mind. It isn’t about being too weak to deal with your emotions but being strong enough to overcome your mental health problems. It takes a lot of strength to ask for help. Therapy gives you the tools to take care of yourself.
Therapy is Not Forever
The goal of therapy is not to have you on the couch for the rest of your life. Rather, it is meant to give you the tools to work towards positive mental health beyond the time you spend with your therapist. You learn to internalize skills and self-reflect in positive ways. People often leave therapy because they feel that they have achieved the goals they set out to reach. For many people seeking grief therapy, it is because they find themselves at peace with the loss.
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The author of this post is not a professional therapist or counselor. For assistance in finding a grief counselor that is right for you, there are several resources out there. For our Grief Resource Center, written by Dr. Bill Webster, click here.
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