There are many stigmas surrounding seeking therapy. One stigma is that seeking therapy makes you weak or that “crazy” people go to therapy. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Seeking therapy takes tremendous strength, bravery, and courage.
Many people were raised to be self-reliant. In fact, our society praises being self-made and independent, needing no one else’s help to reach our goals, but the antisocial, independent façade our society praises isn’t realistic for genuine happiness and success. We need one another…especially in distress. The ability to reach out your hand for help while in distress is why seeking therapy is actually such a strong thing to do…and if you’re even considering it, you should be proud of yourself.
We don’t expect people to push through diabetes, cancer, or heart issues, so why do we expect others (and ourselves) to push through mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, phobias, addiction, or PTSD? Seeking help for mental illness is just as crucial as seeking help for physical illness.
There’s an assumption that only “crazy” people go to therapy, when in actuality, the impetus for therapy is as diverse as the individuals who seek it. Therapy sessions are filled with people dealing with challenging life transitions such as family and parenting issues, work stress, divorce, health challenges, relocation, and people dealing with grief, abuse, or just needing someone to talk to. Therapy is for everyone.
Seeking help is never something to be ashamed of, but rather an important step toward overcoming challenges and improving your quality of life. Do not sabotage yourself by staying quiet. Confidently seek the help you need and congratulate yourself and anyone else that chooses therapy.
At CWC Coaching, our team consists of licensed therapists, life coaches, and counselors. We assist clients with self-improvement, career development, negative self-talk, psychological pain, self-sabotaging behavior, past hurts and finding your purpose. If you are ready to increase your self-awareness and happiness, breakthrough limiting behavior and understand your purpose in life, we’d love to help guide you on this journey.