As I get older, I have come to realize that more and more people from my generation are either considering therapy or are already in therapy. Curiosity and interest in therapy continues to increase. As a result, I often find myself providing information and education to my friends, relatives, acquaintances, and even coworkers about what therapy is, how to look for therapists, the various modalities that may be used, etc.
Based on this experience, I want to share a series of posts that explore these topics. Today, I will begin with why you might consider therapy.
- Therapy is a supportive and confidential space where you can show up as you.
- Your authentic self will be supported, cared about, and even loved.
- You have a listening ear and a human who will always cheer for you.
- You will be able to explore all the shame, pain, fear you hold in your mind and body without retaliation or judgement.
- When you have blindspots, or behaviors or beliefs that aren’t working out – or sometimes harmful – you will be gently challenged so that you can continue on your path to healing.
- The work you do in therapy will show up as real changes in other parts of your life.
- You may come to see yourself in a different and often a very powerful light.
- You may break the line of intergeneration trauma in your family or community. You will be the change.
- You may feel more integrated, solid, and whole.
- You may feel a new passion(s) arise in life, and feel confident to pursue it.
- You may learn new skills that will support and even improve your relationships.
- Your relationship with yourself will improve and become healthier. You will be more in touch with yourself and as a result, you will experience a different form (sense) of internal freedom.
- You will be able to challenge your own harmful beliefs and practices that do not serve you and/or others well.
- You will learn healthy boundaries and relationship skills.
- If you are simply seeking to resolve a problem or a conflict, you can do that too!
There are many other reasons to start therapy and there are many other benefits. It depends on what you are looking for. You may also find that as you work with a therapist, you have new goals you want to pursue. So, try it out when you are ready!
Psssst, you don’t have to feel ready to try it.