The thought of going to therapy or seeking help from a mental health professional can be scary and overwhelming, even if you know it would ultimately help you feel better and more empowered.
Whether you’re experiencing a specific mental health issue or just want to talk to someone who can help you make sense of your emotions and behaviors, counseling can be beneficial to anyone.
Whether you’ve sought mental health counseling before or it’s a new experience, you might feel uneasy before (and sometimes during) your first appointment.
One way to learn more about what to expect in therapy is by talking to friends and family. If you have trusted people in your life who are willing to share their experiences, this can be one of the most effective ways to ease your concerns. This article from VeryWell Mind can also help you learn what to expect so that you feel more prepared.
For therapy to be beneficial, you need to find the right therapist.
The first person you see may not be a good fit, and that’s okay — you can always try another therapist who might make you feel more comfortable opening up. Just be careful you’re dismissing a therapist for the right reasons and not just because you’re hesitant about mental health counseling.
Stigmas are born and can become entrenched in our society. Fortunately, more people across the country are becoming more comfortable talking about mental health and illness, but we still have a long way to go.
Some of the most common mental health stigmas include:
Mental health counseling isn’t meant to “fix” you. In an interview with Talkspace, counselor Crystal Johnson perfectly explained the purpose of therapy:
Therapy helps clients uncover strengths and learn new skills that will allow them to deal with the challenges that arise in life. A successful therapy experience does not mean a client is cured, it means the person has the inner and outer resources to deal with the ups and downs of life.
Regardless of whether or not you make an appointment with a therapist, it’s important to still make a commitment to your mental health; it’s just as important as physical health. Want to learn more? Here are eight Mental Health Self-Care Tips from the RMHP blog you can try today to get started.