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Mental Health Tips: Normalizing Therapy

“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.” 
Shannon L. Alder

Therapy is a Great Solution

In the present day, many individuals have mixed feelings and concerns when it comes down to therapy. Imagine having a person who will listen to all your problems, anxieties, and fears with no judgment. Imagine being able to tell someone your deepest darkest secrets with total confidentiality. Even imagine having someone to support and guide you through your most stressful endeavors. Let’s be real, most of us struggle each and every day with stressors and unexpected situations. This is why it’s important to have someone outside of your inner circle to confide in about different issues. In 2021 it is plain and simple, therapy should be completely normalized and I am here to tell you why!

What is Psychotherapy?

When it comes to therapy many people have different ideas about what it is. For the purpose of this blog post and the tips, I am planning to share I believe it’s important we all think of the same definition when it comes to psychotherapy. According to the American Psychiatric Association “Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a way to help people with a broad variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy can help eliminate or control troubling symptoms so a person can function better and can increase well-being and healing.”

“All children should be taught to unconditionally accept, approve, admire, appreciate, forgive, trust, and ultimately, love their own person.” 
― Asa Don Brown

How Can Psychotherapy Help?

Psychotherapy can help alleviate mental struggles that cause problems in your daily life. For example, this type of therapy is proven to help with difficulties coping with everyday life, the impact of trauma, depression, anxiety, etc. In the current state of the world, it is normal to be stressed and struggle to get through your day. If this pertains to you, it is important to ask for help. A psychotherapist can be the solution to your daily problems. Help yourself by speaking to a professional!

5 Tips to Maximize Your Therapy Session

When you finally acknowledge that your daily life is constantly being interrupted by any of the struggles listed above then you should begin to seek help. It is important to find a therapist that you connect with and feel comfortable opening up to

  1. Choose Wisely
    • When you recognize your need for a therapist don’t just settle on the one 5 minutes from your house. It is encouraged that you find someone that you really connect with. Your therapist should be confident in you and be very accepting. You should feel very comfortable speaking to your therapist. Search online and set up a couple of different consultations to find someone you adore.
  2. It Takes Two to Tango
    • Once you pick the therapist you like and schedule your first meeting it is important to remember that your therapist is there to help you. Your therapist isn’t there to instantly change the way you behave, this therapy journey is a collaboration of the two of you. Grasp onto any advice that is given to you and actually use it in your everyday life! Your path to wellness and success is a team effort. 
  3. Set Goals
    • This step is extremely important. When you go into therapy it is important to set realistic goals about what you want to get out of it. In doing so it is easy to track your progress and allow your therapist to help you to their maximum ability.
  4. Talk About Your Past
    • This tip may be the most challenging, but at the end of the day, it is the most healing. Speaking about your past can explain why you react to certain situations in the present day. Filling your therapist in on sad or traumatic events of the past can open up countless doors to solutions in the present. After speaking about these types of experiences a weight feels like it has been lifted off your back. 
  5. Be Honest
    • Your therapist isn’t there to judge or talk about you behind your back. Your therapist is there to solely listen to your problems and to help you work to better them. Therapy is a safe space to completely let loose and speak freely. In doing so you will definitely get the most out of it. 
“The attempt to escape from pain, is what creates more pain.” 
― Gabor Maté

Sources

https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/psychotherapy

https://psychcentral.com/lib/therapists-spill-tips-for-making-the-most-of-therapy#tips

https://www.twochairs.com/blog/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-therapy

https://www.self.com/story/what-to-talk-about-in-therapy

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