Why Everyone Should Be in Therapy
I don’t mind admitting I’m in therapy and that I feel it’s important to my well-being. Sometimes I stop therapy for a while thinking I can do without it for the time being and then eventually I always go back.
I’m not sure how others see therapy, maybe as a weakness, that you can’t manage your own emotions. Maybe they just see it as a waste of time because what are they going to tell you that you don’t already know?
For me therapy is about sitting in front of someone impartial to my life and putting parts of myself out there to figure out like a puzzle. I mean all my feelings and experiences are complicated (at least to me) therefore someone to make a little more sense out of things can only help. Sometimes my therapist just points out the obvious, usually something I did know but never really thought about. Sometimes my therapist brings new light to parts of my life or ways I see things that maybe I just wasn’t able to do before. Sometimes she just listens and understands, I know I will never be judged or pittied.
I’m not saying that personal people in my life aren’t wonderful to talk to, sometimes I like it better because they know me so well and they bring their life into the conversation as well. I guess it feels a little safer to talk to my therapist for certain things because I know she’s being paid to make me, for that hour, her priority and that my well being, for that hour, is her priority as well.
I will say that the fact that I am dealing with any emotional problems head on doesn’t make me weak but makes me stronger than the average person. There is little you can tell me about myself that I don’t already know and am not in some way trying to deal with. It takes a lot of time and energy to go to therapy especially if you have to switch doctors for some reason.