A lot of people think that only the mentally ill can benefit from seeing a therapist, that’s not entirely true. Anyone can benefit from therapy but because there is so much stigma surrounding mental illness many people associate therapy with mental illness or something has to be seriously wrong with you for you to see a therapist.
Today I want to share 5 benefits anyone can get from seeing a therapist. Please note: It’s OK to see a therapist and its highly recommended to treat psychiatric disorders such anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD and specific phobias etc; before these disorders take over your life. It’s never too early and never too late.
5 Ways Anyone Can Benefit From Therapy
1. Therapy as a space to Organize Your Thoughts
One main benefit of therapy it is a great place to organize your thoughts. Generally speaking, most people have one or two symptoms of neurosis, and they just need a sounding board. These can be anxiety, sadness or depression, anger, irritability, negative thinking, mental confusion or low sense of self-worth. Please note that these symptoms are not to be confused with psychotic disorders, where an individual has impaired thoughts, perception or judgment. Sometimes all we need is simply some feedback when they’re going through stressful times in their lives.
2. Therapy Can Help Us Deal With the Past
This benefit of therapy would help reduce the mind-chatter — the negative self-talk in your head affecting your self-esteem. These negative self-talk are telling you that you aren’t good enough and that you’re a failure. Mind chatter is made up of voices from your past: your childhood, former relationships, bosses and teachers. Believe it or not we are often shaped by our past and certain experiences, whether good or bad.
Therapy can help you navigate troubled times you once had and reinforce the notion that it’s ultimately your choice to create a better future. Therapists can help get rid of these negative thoughts and put things in perspective, helping you think more positively. It’s important to have a positive mindset to be able to enjoy life more freely without worrying.
3. Therapy Can Help with Reality Check
Seeing a therapist is a good reality check of what’s normal and what’s socially acceptable. A lot of people struggle with anxiety or anger but don’t bother examining what the causes are. Therapy can help you discover that a lot of the things that bother you are day-to-day situations that others are bothered by, too. It doesn’t hurt to hear a third-party perspective about a situation or a life decision you need to make but are going back and forth with an answer. Letting it out and discussing what’s on your mind with a therapist goes a long way.
4. An Objective and Knowledgeable Third Party
Another benefit of going to a therapist is information. Whether it’s on parenting, dating, socializing or just being an adult, it’s good to seek information. It never hurts to ask. Naturally as humans, we’re constantly in need of companionship, validation and social interaction. But sometimes, life can be hard to navigate, and we don’t always have the answers on how and when to communicate effectively. Gaining insight and information on how to handle certain situations is key to growing and healing.
5. For Better Mental Health and Overall Wellbeing
Seeing a therapist is good for your mental health and your general wellbeing. There’s anxiety that comes from the anticipation rather than the participation itself. People can list 100 reasons not to go, but you just need one reason to go. It balances the scales. People are faced with the stigma that something is wrong with you or you’re crazy. They shouldn’t feel that is the case. In reality, people that go are typically healthier.
Any questions, queries or concerns with regards to mental illness please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.