Most people don't call a therapist the first time they think about starting counseling. It's a big decision and takes some time! If you've been thinking about seeing a therapist, here are a few reasons to try counseling:
- A therapist will listen. Actually listen. Family and friends can be great listeners and be very helpful when you are struggling. But therapists are trained to listen in a different way. You have your therapist's undivided attention and unbiased ear.
- You will learn new ways of thinking and being. Like I've mentioned earlier, many of our thoughts are automatic. This can very easily lead to a downward spiral of depressing thoughts. A therapist can help you recognize your thought patterns and implement new, healthier ones. You will be amazed how much a new way of thinking can help your mood.
- Your relationships can improve while you are in counseling! You might be thinking, "my relationships are fine"- but what if they could go from fine to amazing? A therapist can help you discover patterns in your relationships, understand yourself better, and improve your communication!
- A lot people think whatever they are going through isn't "bad enough" to warrant seeing a therapist. The thing is, issues that go ignored over time tend to balloon into bigger problems. What was once a small issue can eventually overwhelm your life. Why wait until life feels unmanageable to get help?
I truly believe counseling- whether it is short-term or long-term- has a place in everyone's life at some point. Remember, your mental health is every bit as important as your physical health. You deserve to feel happy and healthy in your mind and body.