Making the decision to see a therapist, for some, can be very intimidating. While there are various factors that can make coming to this conclusion difficult, often times, our own biases and ideas of what therapy is or will be like, make it super hard. From speaking with friends, family and fellow therapists, the stigma associated with counseling, is still very real. Some of these ideas come from familial opinions, friends, your culture and at large – our society. Identifying the stigma’s, biases, concerns or fears you have vs ones you’ve adopted, may be the first hurdle to overcome when deciding if you should seek help.
Now, can a problem actually be too small for counseling? Absolutely not. To be honest, on what scale might we measure the problems we face – being that we all are different, with different experiences and responses to those experiences? Seeking a mental health professionals support is a choice made when you have ANY problem – no matter the “size” – when you recognize you are struggling to manage it. Maybe you have encountered an unexpected loss or recent change that has sent you for a rollercoaster ride – in situations like this, having a “sounding board” to organize your thoughts and regulate your emotions can be extremely beneficial. In the fast paced culture we live in – leaving little to no room to be reflective – carving this time into your schedule, can truly make a difference. Often times, we wait until things are chaotic, hectic and tremendously overwhelming before we seek help.
Therapy provides you with an opportunity to identify the things that both energize you and relax you in order to re-institute balance, hope, happiness, satisfaction and peace into your life.
Therapist are there to offer great support and empathy as you navigate through whatever challenge you are faced with – not to judge whether your problem is too small or worthy of time, space and energy. Take a chance, give counseling a try and I am sure you’ll be glad you did!