Why go to therapy when you have friends to talk to about your problems?
Updated: Apr 18, 2020
I have a great support system full of friends and family. I know that if I need anyone to talk to, I can reach out to someone and someone will listen. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t need to go to therapy. Just because I have people to talk to doesn’t mean a therapist wouldn’t help me. So the taboo of having no one else to talk to for the reason to start therapy, is kind of irrelevant.
The first appointment with my therapist was life changing. I had seen several other therapists before I found the right one for me. I knew she was right for me because on my first day with her I shared something with her that I had never shared with anyone. And I do mean ANYONE! My husband happened to come to my first meeting with her (because I was too unstable to go anywhere by myself) and was shocked to hear what I had told her. I remember feeling so relieved once I shared with her. I actually didn’t even know that’s what had been bothering me for more than a decade. It was stuck in my subconscious which finally found a way out because I felt like I was in a safe judge free place. I think I had never shared that one experience with any of my loved ones because I was afraid of what they would think of me. However, with my therapist I didn’t have any fear of what she thought of me. I wanted her to have thoughts about me in order to help me!
So why go to therapy if you have loved ones to talk to about your problems? Well, some of your problems may be so burried that they would never come up when talking to loved ones. Due to fear or embarrassment or guilt. It’s nice to be able to have someone who you can talk to where there is no judgement. It’s also nice to talk to someone who is certified to talk to you about your problems! If you’d go to a doctor for any physical problems you’re experiencing then I don’t see why you wouldn’t see a therapist for any mental or emotional problems you’re having. #stopthestigma