Therapy is talking with a purpose. It used to be about mental illness and so it carried a stigma, but now the connection between therapy and mental illness is forever broken. Yes, people who are mentally ill can be helped by therapy, of course, they can. But more people with no diagnosed illness are seeking the help of a therapist.
Life can be hard
Things happen in life which can be hard to deal with. The death of a loved one, your own mortality, dealing with being let go from a job or recovering from abuse are all hard and traumatic issues and often beyond the power of the sufferer to deal with alone.
Getting help to deal with something traumatic makes it easier to get a sense of personal perspective and to get through the problem with as little stress and strain as possible.
Therapy is a coping strategy
Runners will tell you about the benefits of running. When they get out there their problems fall away, they get a sense of freedom. Some even get the elusive runner’s high. What happens is that the exercise relieves the stress for a while and they may get a different perspective.
This is exactly where therapy sits. It is a tool to deal with issues and just like eating a healthy diet is good for the body, therapy is a strategy to get rid of the unwanted and get more equilibrium.
There are some clues you can recognize as being suggestions that talking to someone might help.
Stuck in an issue
Imagine you’re stuck in a rut with a particular issue. You were let go from a job or your partner cheated for example.
This is a hurtful situation and it takes a while to process and move on. You have probably heard of the five stages of grief; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, but what if you are stuck?
Talking this through with a professional who has your best interests at heart may get you further than talking to a friend who has half a mind to take out a contract on the cheating partner.
Work isn’t what it used to be
Work is a source of stress; dealing with colleagues who don’t cooperate, dealing with people who are unpleasant and mean, dealing with a boss you don’t see eye to eye with. Interacting with the public all added to all of these are general everyday stressors.
Then there are the big things at work like company-wide layoffs or the rumor mill, all of which compromise your ability to do your job. A professional perspective can help you deal and give you lots of mechanisms to cope with these sorts of things daily.
This not a definitive list
The key takeaway is that modern life is stressful, like it or not. Dealing with it takes perspective and resilience, and you don’t always have a deep enough well of it. Getting help from a professional makes sense. Are you in a situation where you need help? Send us a message today.