Just about anyone could benefit from talking to a therapist about relationship issues, worries, life changes, or setting goals. Therapy is not just for those with severe depression, anxiety, or other mental health challenges.
As a therapist, here are six things I want you to know about therapy:
Going to therapy is normal
The need to talk about our struggles is human. It is not shameful, weak, or something we need to hide. The reality is that so many people are already benefiting from therapy. I have seen clients ages 5 through 72. Age and phase of life have no bearing on whether therapy is for you. Forget what TV told you therapy is. Obliterate the stigma that therapy is for “crazy” people. Therapy is for everyone. We all struggle at some point throughout our life. I encourage you to challenge what your perception of therapy is and how it could benefit you. Therapists have heard it all, and they won’t judge you want you to feel comfortable sharing even the most vulnerable parts of yourself, including the things you have never shared with your loved ones. It is our job to be objective and nonjudgmental, which means you can tell us anything.
Finding a therapist you connect with is essential
There are numerous reasons why therapy may not have been helpful in the past (i.e., motivation for change), but consider the value of the therapeutic relationship. Finding a good match can be difficult, but you will likely know within the first couple of sessions if you connect with them. Consider if you feel heard, safe, and respected. If they are not a good fit, voice your concerns, and/or ask for a referral to another therapist.
Your therapist probably sees, or has seen a therapist
At Lucas Counseling Group, we operate on a practice what you preach principle. How could we expect our clients to better themselves if we are not willing to do the same? We have no shame in admitting that therapy has been a part of our lives. Many other therapists have seen a therapist at some point in their lives too. We may know and understand the tools to help us cope with life’s challenges, but we are human also. See? Therapy is normal.
Therapy gives you a new perspective and accountability
You may not recognize your problems until you begin talking about and processing them. A therapist can help you identify goals and develop new skills to help you cope. With persistence and consistency, you can make lasting changes in your life.
Change is an ongoing process
You want to feel better – that’s why you came to therapy. Just as your problems did not appear overnight, they will not resolve overnight. It is normal to feel frustrated or to experience setbacks. It is important to be patient with yourself as you are learning and changing your thoughts, behaviors, and patterns. Trust the process.
If you have been considering therapy, now is a perfect time! Contact Lucas Counseling Group today!