There are points in life when one might be helped significantly by seeking some kind of therapy- to rebalance, see more clearly and readjust perspectives, move past a hard time or an obstacle, find healing, to let go of grief, finally be able to forgive….. And the list goes on…
Some of us have never experienced any therapy at all. Some have had some bad times with the wrong treatment or therapist. Some of us have had excellent results and are just taking a break. Some of us are entirely opposed to the idea of therapy in any way, shape, or form. Some people just haven’t had the chance, or have never realized the option was open for regular people with regular problems. Some of us are veterans that still do better with tune-ups and time spent working on the self.
Yes, we here at Massive Phobia are big fans of the therapy. But only when these three factors align into a magical trifecta (all of which will be elaborated upon in future posts).
The Right Kind Of Approach – Certain types of therapy will be more effective with specific issues and personality types.
With The Right Therapist – Basically you need to find someone who you click with to build trust and they need the skills to guide you through a particular issue.
When You’re Finally Ready – That old saying, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” You need to be at least a tiny bit ready to tackle your issue and a tiny bit open to the idea of therapy for it to be of very much use.
So how do you know when it’s time for you to go (back) to therapy?
– When you are struggling with the same issue over and over again without finding any real solution and change on your own.
– When you can’t quite understand some cycle that you are repeating half consciously (instead of still being utterly blind to it) and you would like to stop.
– When you find yourself stuck in negative thought loops, that persist.
– When you have been feeling, crappy or low, or anxious, or significantly different from your usual state for at least two weeks, according to experts.
– When you would like to level up and be a better you. You don’t need to be in crisis or stuck in a rut to benefit from some type of therapy.
We like to think of therapy as something one spends a lifetime pursuing. Not all the time, but ongoing, at the right intervals depending on the person and circumstances. Yes, it can be an instrumental part of finding comfort in a crisis scenario, or to help one find their way out of a rut, or to heal a damaged sense of self. There is always more to learn and unfold and different approaches to explore.
The world is getting better at understanding mental health issues, coping mechanisms, and support. We think a big part of that is dissolving stigma around therapy.
Stay tuned for our next installation on How to Go About Finding the Right Therapist.
If you or a loved one you know battles with any Mental Health Issues, please do get the help you need. If you need to talk to someone now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.
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