Why Should I See A Therapist?
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 thrive when we exercise our bodies, 30-60 minutes a day or 10,000 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 - the mind-body connection.
You might say, "I'm fine, I don't need to talk to a therapist", but our lives contain so much information, stress, relationships, work and so on, that it can be helpful to come in for a session to process. Many people enjoy going for a massage, chiropractic adjustment Or keep up with yearly physicals at the doctor, dental check-ups, or other self-care activities. Therapy can be the same. The reality is everyone needs someone to talk to, to process thoughts and feelings in order to maintain good mental health.
I can say that therapy is one reason why I can do my job so well. Please join me in reducing the stigma of therapy and mental health conversations. 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 for yourself, for you and your partner, offer information to a family member or a friend about services they can access. It may seem like difficult subject to approach but it doesn't have to be. Open with a gentle "hey have you ever thought how good it might feel to talk to a therapist?". We all need support and it's okay to ask for it!
Dr. Ashley Spinney