Why Therapy Is Good For You, Even If You’re Happy
Most of us could do with a good old reality check from time to time. And sometimes, that check is best delivered by a trained therapist. But whilst for some people the decision to check in with a specialist in the field of understanding the mind and emotions is a perfectly reasonable one, others continue to either remain burdened under one or more mental health stigmas, or simply don’t realise that its not at all a prerequisite that a specific and formal diagnosis must first be had before therapy becomes an option.
But the reality of the matter is actually the exact opposite. What really goes long way is to accept that life and relationships are full of ups and downs and that its perfectly natural to from time to time need guidance or help dealing with challenges. The truth is that the benefits of therapy really do extend beyond needing help in times of crisis. The idea that only the severely unhappy or even the depressed and/or traumatised stand to benefit from therapy is a truly dated one to say the least.
Help Is Always At Hand
Toronto-based psychotherapist Dr. Bronwyn Singleton hits the nail on the head, “Most of us have relationships that are in need of some rehab, and most of us have habits or behaviours that we would like to shift or change”. According to Singleton, even though there truly does not exist a specific set of criteria dictating when it’s time to seek out therapy, the reasons that typically prompt her own clients to seek help by way of therapy are actually quite common and can generally be categorised into a handful of typical and everyday commonalities.
Challenges may vary from person to person, but it helps to know that despite our unique individuality, deep down the majority of us battle the same exact monsters. We’re all human after all.
Our Problems Aren’t Unusual
The first and most prominent of these is without a doubt change. And its interesting and perhaps even unexpected to learn that change doesn’t even have to be negative in order to cause emotional or even physical stress! Not knowing what to expect, albeit to varying degrees depending on the nature of the change, typically creates a degree of confusion. And so, whether positive or negative, change leads to confusion which ultimately leads to stress.
Another common challenge shared by the majority of humans is repetitive unhealthy behaviour that is oftentimes coupled with negative or even irrational thought patterns. Again, it helps to recognise that its not out of the ordinary or unique to become trapped in unhealthy behaviour. And whilst unhealthy behaviour is generally not all that difficult to identify and fix, when those negative actions or patterns of thought become compulsive and begin to interfere with how we function from one day to the next, seeking professional help is the best course of action by far. And it certainly helps to keep in mind that there’s no shame at all in wanting to become a healthier, happier and more balanced human being. Humanity really could do with more of those!