“I got a massage today!”
“I saw my personal trainer today!”
Aren’t we all a little envious when we hear this? “I wish I could have gotten a massage or had the luxury of having a personal trainer.” Massage is a healing technique and used often for preventative maintenance. Exercise is the same. We do what we need to do to keep our physical body in shape. Why don’t we feel the same about our mind?
If you’ve ever talked about seeing a counselor or heard of someone seeing a counselor, have you noticed the stigma? The judgement? The negativity?
There is a lot of fear and lack of awareness surrounding therapy. We need to break this down and shed some light on the subject so that we can begin to rewire our brains to become more accepting of preventative maintenance for the brain.
Here are some common myths that we are going to rebut:
They Must Be Weak
Walking into a therapist’s office and opening up to a total stranger about the most intimate details of your life is anything but weak. Furthermore, coming back week after week to continue digging deeper into your greatest fears and confronting them is the most courageous thing a human can do. It is emotionally exhausting and requires not only a great amount of courage, but a great amount of trust- trust in the therapist, trust in the process and trust in oneself. Truth is, we consider people who face their fears strong. And that is exactly what happens in that room, every hour of every day.
They Must Be Crazy
First, be honest with yourself. You’ve had times when you were depressed or anxious too. You’ve had times when you thought you’d be better off dead too. Our mind is our greatest asset or it is our greatest enemy. Oftentimes, when we are in the middle of the worst part of our life, we can’t see clearly to free ourselves. This is what therapy does.
Second, not everyone who comes to therapy is on their last leg. It is an extremely effective tool for preventative maintenance. You don’t want to get to the point that you are drowning in your life? Stay in therapy. Use it as a tool to gain feedback and insight- before things get too far. You workout your body daily. You believe in something bigger than yourself and connect to that source daily. Spend one hour a week working your mind.
It’s Too Expensive
I only have one question for you. How much is your life worth? Therapy can turn your average life into an absolutely exhilarating journey. Give it a chance.
Therapy is just like anything else- you get out of it what you put into it. Therapy can take a suicidal, broken person and turn them into a fully functioning human being. Therapy can also take a successful person and turn them into a superstar.
The next time you hear someone say they see a counselor, say “Wow! That’s awesome! No wonder you’re always so happy! Can I have their name?”