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.

8 Comments

  1. Anna Banana

    December 6, 2005 at 11:16 am

    Right now I am “in between” therapists. I really don’t trust too many country doctors and the one decent city-learned doctor is almost 20 miles away. Not easy for a lunch time visit. I miss my therapist because I am trying to deal with some things right now that I can’t do on my own. I am also really short on real life friends so I’m not getting to talk things out with other people.
    I think you are doing a great thing by seeing a therapist. I agree and think it is a sign of strneght and most people should get one! πŸ™‚

  2. Maureen

    December 6, 2005 at 12:50 pm

    I think it’s a great thing, too. It’s a good thing to be able to say ‘Hey, maybe someone else can help me figure this all out’.

  3. Angel

    December 6, 2005 at 2:35 pm

    Robin, do what you think is best for yourself πŸ™‚ It’s your life and it’s your decision. And uh, this is coming from someone who listens to the boyfriend πŸ˜›

  4. Robin

    December 6, 2005 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks you guys. I’ve been doing therapy for a long time and it’s only ever helped me not hurt me.
    Angel…it’s all good to listen to your boyfriend…I listen to mine on occasion πŸ˜‰

  5. Angel

    December 6, 2005 at 9:26 pm

    Robin, it’s been 9 long years. Not just on and off, but 9 years.

  6. Robin

    December 6, 2005 at 9:27 pm

    9 years is a long time.

  7. Angel

    December 7, 2005 at 2:10 pm

    Yes, and still I refused to settle down πŸ˜›

  8. Robin

    December 7, 2005 at 2:14 pm

    Well then never settle down, it isn’t a requirement (despite what people might tell you).

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