Great Reasons To Try Therapy
Nowadays it seems like everyone who’s anyone has taken a seat on a therapist’s couch at least once. The Real Housewives do it, Couples Therapy specializes in it, and Iyanla Vanzant helps people fix their life on a regular basis.
But you don’t have to be going through the same kinds of struggles celebrities do — or any struggles for that matter — to seek out therapy. Once upon a time, spending time and money with a professional came with the stigma that you were dealing with some serious issues. But today, Cynthia, Kenya and NeNe aren’t afraid to make an appointment to hash out their disputes with one another in front of the camera. My, how times have changed.
There are lots of reasons to go to a therapist, even if you feel like you’re happy. From helping you figure out friend drama to giving you direction or a place to vent, here are a few great examples of how a little time on the couch can help.
The News Is Getting to You
From shootings to police brutality and mudslinging between political candidates, there’s been a lot of turmoil this year. Talking to a therapist about the troubling things that are always on your mind can help you sleep better at night.
Your Insurance Covers It
The better your health plan, the more access you have to a doctor. Psychiatric benefits are good to take advantage of. There’s no reason not to talk about whatever has been bothering you if it’s covered for free or a minimal co-pay.
Your Mother Is on Your Last Nerve
Just because family drama is common doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed. A few sessions with a therapist — with or without the family member in question — can make family issues easier to deal with from here on out.
Motherly Responsibilities Are Overwhelming
Therapy is a great time to get a little me time in, even for busy moms who struggle to give themselves permission for a personal time-out. And if you see a pro who specializes in therapy for parents, you can get some great skills that can help you “woosah” when the kids are testing all the patience you have.
Your Friend Circle Is Falling Apart
Life is always moving forward and sometimes that means that relationships have to change. When your friend circle isn’t as tight as it used to be, a therapist is a great ear to help you put things in perspective.
When You Need Advice
And no one you know seems to know anything to do that will work for you. A few sessions with a therapist can help you nip a particular issue in the bud so you can move on with your life.
When You Have an Issue That Won’t Go Away
Whether it’s procrastination, self-sabotage or overspending, issues that just won’t quit and are holding you back can be a sign of a deeper struggle. A therapist can help you pinpoint the real problem so you can work on it.
When It Needs to Be About You
Making every conversation about you is no way to maintain a good friendship or relationship. But when you have a lot to talk about, a professional is a good person to go to. Things are supposed to be all about you when you see a therapist. They won’t just listen, they will also give you feedback you can use.
When Your Job Is the Worst
Not every job is your dream job. But sometimes enjoying your 9 to 5 is about changing your outlook. A counselor can not only help you look on the bright side, but they can also help you find your real passion, taking you to a job you will really enjoy.
When You Need to Not Feel Judged
Some secrets don’t have to be taken to the grave. You can take them to a therapist instead. It’s their job to give you nonjudgmental (or minimally judgmental) advice on issues you’d rather not share with your friends and family.
You’re Struggling With Your Faith
Counseling doesn’t always have to take place on a couch. Ministers, rabbis and imams can all provide you with answers to questions of faith and guidance for personal matters if you trust their wisdom.
You Need Motivation to Change
Investing financially in therapy, and having someone to check in with on your progress, can be just the fire you need to tackle your issue head-on as opposed to putting it on the back burner for another year.
You Need to See Your Relationship Future
Couples Therapy isn’t just good TV. Real-life relationship counseling is a great way to see if your issues are run of the mill or a reason to run out of the door. And the communication skills you two learn in a session can help the rest of your relationship run more smoothly.
You Need Direction
No one stays the same forever. And if you’re having trouble finding out who the new you is at this life milestone, a therapist can help. Just a few hours can help you get to the core of who you are today — not who people think you should be.