In the past, seeking therapy has been an action considered by many to be that of those who have diagnosed mental disorders or weak minded people who are unable to solve problems without assistance. Our society is starting to move away from that stigmatized view to see therapy in its full potential: as a tool that nearly anyone can benefit from. Whether someone has a mental health concern or simply wants to utilize this resource to develop better ways of dealing with life events and stressors, therapy could be the answer.
One of the main things to consider is that therapists are trained professionals who are practiced in analyzing the way people think and react to certain situations. Many hold degrees and are licensed to perform the services so clients and patients can rest assured that the environment is a safe one. In addition, unlike confiding with a sister or sassy best friend, these professionals remain confidential and only have interest in giving productive, helpful insights.
Proactive Ways of Dealing with Stress
Aside from the mental burden, stress is thought to have physical effects such as weight gain, insomnia, digestive issues and a lowered immune system. In the hospital, it’s not uncommon to give anxiety medication to patients dealing with extreme amounts of pain. This is simply due to how anxiety can make physical distress seem more acute.
Nearly everyone experiences daily stress from work, social and personal situations, and how people address these aggravations vary widely. A therapist may be able to identify a client’s go-to coping mechanisms and offer tips on how to deal with stress in more effective ways. Sometimes people develop ineffective modes of handling life’s obstacles, so improving in this area could not only heighten peace of mind but also minimize the way stress manifests on the body.
People sometimes have a tendency of running through the same old cycles when trying to solve a problem that’s causing worry. Therapy sessions offer an opportunity to gain a fresh perspective by bouncing inner thoughts and ideas off of a third party and hearing an unbiased opinion. With practice and time, it is likely that an individual’s brain will be able to find new avenues of dealing with problems simply as a result of being exposed to different modes of thinking.
Moving Forward Productively
It is not uncommon to feel stuck in a rut in terms of romance, a career, or other situation. Therapy offers an avenue to identify and talk about personal goals and even be held accountable for achieving them. Similarly, if an individual is having a hard time grieving, a therapist may be able to provide a healthy way to go through the bereavement process.
Shedding the Stigma
Therapy isn’t all about mental disorders, behavior-modifying prescriptions and childhood trauma. It can be a great way to get a fresh look at behavior and thinking patterns that color the way someone feels and perceives the world. By being honest and open with a professional that can offer an unbiased opinion, it is not only possible to improve overall mental health but also gain an increased sense of self and the tools to address problems head on.
Marcie has been working with couples and individuals for over eight years; helping them start off right and working with them through their time of need. If you want to try phone counseling, check Marcie out today!