The benefits of speaking to a therapist

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

When you're feeling at your worst with your mental health, it takes serious guts to admit to yourself that you need to speak to someone as professional as a counsellor or therapist.

Speaking from personal experience, there was a feeling of failure and even embarrassment when I realised that I couldn't work my way through my personal issues myself. I kept saying to myself - "How can I possibly speak to a total stranger about my problems when I can't even admit them to myself or help myself overcome them?!" It does sound bad, I know.

However, please believe me, the benefits of going to see a professional counsellor or therapist outweigh the non-benefits (I can't think of a word for the opposite of benefits). It doesn't seem like it right now, but it will, I promise.

Going to speak to someone who is unbiased can be much better than speaking to a family member or close friend, you'll feel you can open up much more speaking to someone who is non-judgemental. A loved one can sometimes only tell you what they think you want to hear. Hmm, that's not overly helpful to yourself and your mental health, that's just like papering over the cracks.

Talking to a counsellor means you will receive great advice, they can help you get back to your best self. From giving you some self help guidance and mindfulness exercises to do at home, you can gain so much for your mental health by speaking to a professional.

You'll be surprised how effectively you can work out your issues yourself, you think that it’s the counsellor that's doing it for you, but the only person who can help you is YOU.

After your first session of speaking to someone, you feel (excuse the cliché) a great weight has been lifted off your shoulders. A sense of relief takes over you and you no longer feel the world is against you. You’ll feel like skipping back home (well, as long as home isn’t too far away!)

Another thing to mention as well is that you don't have to have a deeply personal problem to speak to a counsellor or therapist, it could be that you just want to talk, it's surprising how liberating and freeing it feels when you get stuff off your chest. They're there to listen, that's what they do best.

So if you're sitting there debating, umming and arring about whether to make the first step of making an appointment to talk to a professional - just do it. You'll reap the benefits of making that call.

I hope this will help someone who is feeling scared, alone and anxious about making that first step to go and speak to someone in this capacity.

By Lucy Mary

I'm Lucy, I live in South Wales with a chronic illness. I survive on green tea, watching football and writing.
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