How therapy defies all of its outdated stigmas.
At some point in all of our lives, talking to someone has made a difference. It doesn’t matter what the topic at hand was – someone was there with open ears.
Getting help when you need it is never – we repeat, never – something to be ashamed of. But still, the prevalence of stigmas surrounding therapy continue, making talking about it feel a little hush-hush.
Let’s get a few things straight right now: confiding in a therapist is not a weakness, and it’s something we absolutely should talk about. At the end of the day, you’re your own best advocate, and listening to your needs is always the right answer.
A helping hand.
If you’ve never been in a therapy session before, the concept may seem foreign to you. Spilling your realest, rawest thoughts out to a stranger can sound pretty intense, but the benefits of doing so can be truly limitless.
1. It’s hard to handle everything on your own. Let us reiterate this one more time: speaking with someone is not a sign of weakness. You might be surprised at the relief you find while talking to someone who’s qualified to make you feel heard and supported. It can take some weight off of your shoulders.
2. You’ll gain a new perspective. We’re used to seeing topics from our own point of view and dealing with them in similar manners. But, when you feel stuck on what to do, having a therapist offer their perspective can open your eyes beyond what you normally see. They’ll help you think more broadly about your life, and can provide you with a positive stepping stone for flipping your more negative thoughts around and finding ways to live more mindfully.
3. Unlike speaking with a friend, everything remains private. Your conversations are secure thanks to HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which “…establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans…”, according to HHS.gov. This means that what you tell your therapist, unless it’s a threat to yourself or others, stays between you two. Nobody else has to know what you’re working through unless you want to share that information yourself.
4. You’ll learn different coping mechanisms that you’ll have for life. In addition to the healthy ways that we manage and face our psychological and life stressors, your therapist will teach you new ways to cope. Whether it’s learning to breathe correctly, ask questions to communicate effectively, implement time management techniques, and so on, each technique can be implemented in your life for the long haul. Learning how to prioritize your mental health is an invaluable life lesson.
5. You’ll feel more empowered and lighter than before. Opening up to a therapist for the first time is daunting, but it becomes easier with every session. You’ll realize how much strength you have — you’ll see that you can handle what you are dealt, no matter how deep the issues at hand. Therapy can instill a sense of confidence in you that you didn’t know you needed.
We are the ones who can dissolve any therapy stigmas and normalize seeking help. Having an open mind helps us be more empathetic, understanding, and kind to those around us. Supporting each other instead of passing judgment can make the biggest difference — you might not know who needs it most.
We believe in the power that speaking to someone holds, which is why we offer therapy through iFeel in every one of our plans. You can read more about iFeel here.
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