In 2019, the conversation around mental health related issues has grown. In general, people are more comfortable talking about it, and while the talk is a helpful first step, it cannot be the end of the conversation.
Untreated mental health issues can trigger negative behaviors, strained relationships, and a lower quality of life. If left unaddressed, these unsatisfying results may be repeated. Treating mental health related issues is not the same as coping, burying, or ignoring. Treatment means therapy.
Therapy offers a wide range of benefits no matter the circumstance or situation. It’s the next step in working toward a goal or getting the help you may need and deserve. It’s not uncommon to have a narrow view of therapy, limiting its application to extreme cases involving mental illness or major crisis. It is importantin those situations,but it can also be beneficial to everyone at some time in their life.
Therapy provides a safe space to discuss conflict, emotions, relationships, and other problems. Therapy is a judgement-free zone, offering a secure environment to discuss anything without fear of repercussion. A professional therapist will patiently listen, ask questions, and explore alternatives that can bring order to relational and emotional disarray. Therapists and clinicians are educated and experienced to help people facing everyday life challenges.
Therapy is not simply receiving professional advice. A primary goal of any therapist is helping clients develop the appropriate skills to repair relationships, untangle emotions, and pinpoint triggers. Whatever is not repaired will be repeated. Poor decisions, recurring conflicts, and untreated emotional distress tend not to go away without intervention; like mold in a dark place, it will only grow. Therapy shines light on a problem as well as a solution and works to repair underlying pain.
The human mind is intricate and complex. One should not be expected to understand it without direction. Asking for help is always a positive and right choice. There is no shame in reaching out to an educated and experienced therapist. Life is challenging, ever changing, and at times devastating; you are not meant to navigate it alone.
What’s your next step?