There is still such a stigma and negative connotation about going to therapy and seeing a "professional". I can tell you even therapists receive their own therapy because it's something healthy people do. We all know we're supposed to workout our bodies, 30-60 minutes a day or 10,000 thousand steps, so why not take just as good care of your mind? I could argue that our minds are even more important to "workout" because without a healthy mind we may not be able to take good care of our bodies. A mind-body approach to health is, in my opinion, a great one.
You might say, "I'm mentally healthy, I don't need to talk to a therapist", and my reply is, you may be mentally stable, but our lives contain so much information, stress, relationships, work and so on, that it can be helpful to come in for a "tune up" or a session to process; just like you would go for a massage, chriropractic adjustment, physical at the doctor or other self care activity. The reality is everyone needs someone to talk to, to process their thoughts and feelings in order to maintain good mental health. Key word: maintenance. You wouldn't stop going to the gym once you hit your goals, you would maintain your health and weight.
This article is for clients, friends, family, and colleagues. Therapists should practice what they preach. I can for one say that mental health maintenance is one reason why I can do my job so well. Please join me in trying to reduce the stigma of therapy and mental health. Spread the information to loved ones and others who may be struggling with their mental health or someone who may like to add this self care activity to their lives. Book a session today! For yourself, you and your partner, a family member or a friend. It can be a difficult subject to approach but it doesn't have to be. Open with the information about stigma and give the examples above. You wouldn't tell someone with a broken arm not to go to the hospital. Sometimes we need help and it's okay to ask for it! We all need support.... It's so important to support each other to make life more enjoyable.