Updated: Mar 14, 2020
Why come to therapy? How to take that next step.
Why would I go talk to a stranger about my problems? How would that help? If I admit that I need help, people may see me as weak, incompetent or just crazy. It is admitting that things in my life are not going the way I want them to. I may not know why all of a sudden life just became so hard. Why life seems to have lost its spark, why things I used to do now cost me more effort, such as getting out of bed, going out with friends or enjoying the things I once used to. However, I don’t have to keep living this way. I can go seek out help. You have nothing to lose.
Going to seek a therapist can be a scary process but it doesn’t have to be. It is hard to admit to ourselves that we need help. However, seeking out help is one of the bravest things one can do. Therapy is not there to fix you. There is nothing wrong with you. Let me repeat that. There is nothing wrong with you.
Sometimes, the things in our past continue to weigh us down even though we should have overcome them a long time ago. In therapy, one becomes vulnerable and begins to reconnect with oneself to allow the process of healing to take place. The therapist cannot fix your problems, but can walk with you on your journey to provide new insight, make connections and build skills to live a more fulfilling life. You don’t have to face whatever you are going through alone. The therapist can be there to support you and to help you.
So, take that first step of recognizing that you may need help and that you are tired of living this way and want to feel different. Second, look for a therapist that you may connect well with. You may not like every therapist you talk to and that is okay. Third, make the appointment. Fourth, is attend therapy. Sometimes I have clients that call my office and want help but get stuck in the third step of making the appointment. That is okay. Sometimes we are not ready to come into the office. However, taking the step of going to your appointment places you in the process of healing and change. Change is scary and difficult. Are you tired of living the same way? Albert Einstein is quoted in saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.” Try something different today.
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