Therapy is one of the best treatments one can have for major emotional challenges but most of the times many perceive going to a therapist as an offence because one may feel not being ill, physically or mentally, at the moment.
The difference between views on mental and physical health has been characterised with stigma for years. It is presumed that when one chooses to see a doctor monthly for optimal wellness or because of physical pains, nobody passes silent judgement; but the emotional problems being faced on a daily basis; or being in a sickbed for days, are often neglected and termed as being weak.
There are unimaginable thoughts of seeking the knowledge of a therapist or a trained counsellor who can assist to learn a new perspective about life, grow steadily and away from life challenges, and be stronger are often ignored and dismissed as unnecessary.
It is worthy to note that, whether one is facing difficulties in career life, workplace demands, and family, or confronted by a huge unstable mental health that has left one bewildered, therapy can be a useful tool, as well as when one needs a clear understanding and perspective of life, therapy can serve such purpose.
Develop new coping mechanisms
Humans are likely to cultivate certain habits from childhood and how to use various methods for coping with challenges encounter even before the adolescent stage. Various methods one may develop in childhood or during the early stage of life, such as the use of drugs in getting enough sleep and a particular variety of food to help in coping with life’s stress can be modified with therapy.
While one may have a problem with a negative aspect of coping, visiting a therapist can assist to analyse why certain strategies were adopted and to enquire if these really work or if they only worsen the feeling of stress at a later time. Thus, a therapist can be the best option to help scale through the difficult process of reversing hard formed habits and assist in building new productive ones.
Enhances deductive reasoning
Therapeutic sessions are done in a serene and peaceful environment where individuals in question do not feel guilty or insecure. In a meeting, a therapist may not always tell individuals all they need to do but tries to assert thoughts process from what is being said and those not through guidance.
The therapist may further provide more professional education, support and empathetic feedback to assist individuals in uncovering what they like and wish for. The different therapist who specialises in various aspect of treatment may teach individuals where feelings and symptoms might be emanating from and technique to feeling better from such feeling in different situations
Provides an opportunity for experimentation
Therapists provide a variety of saver options to individuals suitable for solving a particular challenge. The things that adults know are due to the experimentation from childhood. Some of these are rigid in making certain decisions and less willing to make experiments to avoid mistakes.
With a therapist, it could be an opportunity where judgement-free decisions can be made and to try out new things in a less demanding situation. Individuals are safe to explore feelings and practice behaviours that prompt daily life’s anxiety and discover new solutions to such challenges.
Provide meaningful insight into life
To understand the aim behind every thought and action is normal, even though the hardship manifests in the various challenges, this helps to give value and meaning about ongoing difficult situations, and reduce the complexity of any challenge.
With therapeutic sessions, a thinking process can be facilitated which then assists in discovering the lesson to be learned from a difficult situation and see prospects in overcoming challenges.
Therapy helps to look out for how mental instability may lead to physical illness in conjunction with approaching difficult situations surrounding it because prioritising psychological state promotes healthy self-care practices. Just talking about ones’ problems with a trained counsellor without censoring any detail regarded to be sensitive is beneficial, invigorating, and liberating.
Help to explore the mind
The introspection of one’s thought and action is one method being adopted overtime that is beneficial to emotional and physical health through reversing old thought patterns and behaviour.
With engagement in therapeutics session, a variety of life momentum can be preserved in small ways. It can help function in tapping into the unconscious mind in daily life, by enriching and building self-esteem, self-confidence, relationships, assertiveness in anger, and help in setting daily routines and life goals.
Though there may be several spontaneous moments, it had also a tantalising, slow-building progress for mind growth. Thus, therapy is like exercising, the more consistently an individual engages on it, the stronger one becomes. It’s like training a muscle in the body and brain for a greater task ahead.
Provide room for self-development
There has been significant study over the last decade that indicates that allowing susceptibility is essential for a happier, self-fulfilling and more connected life.
One motivation why everyone should seek therapy is because it helps in pushing one outside of a normal and usual comfortable environment.
The thought of presenting fears, private thoughts, and needs to an unfamiliar person or a stranger may sound overwhelming, but then it provides room for improvement and self-awareness. The link between more happy individuals and those that are not is the ability to take a calculated risk.
Hence, if getting therapy sounds uncomfortable because one is healthy or for those who are mentally ill, that’s a picture that it can probably serve a fulfilling purpose.
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Onah Caleb is a research assistant at Benue State University (Nigeria). He runs the blog KaylebsThought.
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