Aside from reading books as a form of therapy, most people tend to look at counseling as something necessary to people diagnosed with disorders such as depression and anxiety or when dealing with emotional abuse. Either that or it is a luxury only celebrities, and other elite can enjoy.
However, there are more benefits to counseling. Admittedly, everyone has problems and issues that he or she deal with. Even those who do not suffer from a specific mental illness can find themselves doing well out of seeing someone. Though if you are unconvinced, read on to learn about why people should seek out therapy.
To Deal With Grief And Loss
Sadly, nothing lasts forever. Even those we love will eventually leave us, which we are left with sorrow to deal with. Often we manage to deal with our grief and continue with our lives. There are some losses that we may find too challenging to accept.
Some things we may have trouble coming to terms with. It may be an unwise financial decision, a breakup or a job loss. We deal with these in different ways. If you find yourself inactive, void of any motivation to do anything, it may be time to seek help.
Likewise, others may become hyperactive, trying to fill the void with activities, responsibilities and shallow connections. This hyperactivity is also a sign that you may need to seek out a counselor. It is essential to learn to deal with losses in a healthy manner.
According to Emily Mendez, MS, EdS, “Even if you are grieving normally and are not experiencing the pain of prolonged or complicated grief, getting counseling can help you cope. A therapist can promote a healthy healing process by assisting you with working through tough emotions.”
To Manage Emotions And Feelings
Everyone goes through a range of emotions: happy, sad, fearful, worried, disgusted, angry, and so on. Even children know this, as it is one of the earliest things they are taught. Disney even made a movie about it. Moreover, surely enough, children are bound to go through it all.
One mistake that adults make after an emotional abuse is masking or hiding their emotions. We are often told not to let our feelings rule over our decisions, to make sure they do not get the better of us, especially for men. Nevertheless, this does not mean she should suppress them as the Vulcans do in Star Trek.
We need to know how to deal with emotions, not to let them cloud our minds, but also not to invalidate them. Visiting a counselor may aid us in achieving this.
To Be A Better Parent And Spouse
“You may not realize it, but your child is always watching and listening to you – how you respond to situations and what you say in them,” said R. Y. Langham, PhD. “So, because children mimic their parents’ behaviors, it’s imperative that you always model healthy behaviors in front of your child.”
As good as parents or partners as we all strive to be, we could always be better. Like they say, “there’s always room for improvement.” Sometimes, we may find ourselves in a rut when it comes to romance. Although, it does not necessarily mean there’s any bad blood between you and your spouse, seeking therapy may lead to an even happier marriage or relationship.
Likewise, it is easy to revert to our parents when we have children. This may come with several childhood traumas, e.g., emotional abuse, that we may have experienced. We do not want to make the similar wrongdoings our parents made that may have affected us at a young age.
Seeing a therapist about potential ways to improve as a parent may not just benefit your child, but their future children as well.
Focus On Yourself For A Change
According to Linda K. Laffey, MFT, “Trauma therapy helps you rebuild your sense of who you are, in a deep, authentic way, so that you can become more robust and resilient. Furthermore, your therapist him or herself is a representative of the world at its most trustworthy and benign.”
Not only does counseling help with your relations with others, but it also helps improve your relationship with yourself. It may give you greater insight into your wants, goals, and fears to provide you with a sense of purpose in life.
Likewise, it helps you realize what things may be holding you back from achieving these goals, and things you can do to overcome them. It is time to give yourself importance for a change.
For more counseling information, go to the BetterHelp website.