Therapy as a term alone is a big taboo in our country. But more often than not, people forget about its impact on an individual’s life. Therapy in simple terms can be described as the treatment provided to an individual for a host of mental and emotional problems. It allows the person to talk about their feelings and express themselves in a free, non-judgemental and supportive environment. Most people are reluctant to take therapy because of societal pressure, judgements and lack of support from friends and family.

Working with a therapist or counsellor in a therapeutic setting allows you to explore your thoughts, feelings, emotions and patterns and behaviours. It can also help you cope and deal with stress and anxiety on a daily basis. Most people are of the apprehension that therapy is for sensitive losers but it really is for everyone. It is something that everyone should try at some point in their lives to get a hold of things when they seem to get out of control. There are several reasons why therapy is essential and will only help you in the long haul.

Why Is Therapy Important?

In today’s day and age, therapy has become extremely important. People deal with complex problems in their love life, careers, homes and sometimes just expressing your feelings, talking to a friend or crying it out doesn’t help. People have trauma from several experiences in life which requires professional help. Therapy is as normal as can be and one shouldn’t hesitate from taking help when needed. Listing down a few reasons why taking therapy might prove to be extremely beneficial.

1) Expressing Yourself Will Make It Seem Easier

Going for therapy helps you open up and talk about your feelings in a supportive environment. Therapists are there to help you and allow you to be yourself without any judgements or preconceived notions. Bottling up your feelings is unhealthy and toxic, hence talking about your problems can only help you feel better. Growing up we are often put in a box and that makes us reluctant to talk freely and let out our feelings: therapy helps you shatter that barrier, step out, and let yourself be!

2) You Know You Are Not Alone

When you walk in for a therapy session, you may feel intimidated, scared, anxious, nervous but it doesn’t last long. Once you warm up to your therapist and slowly start opening up to them, your therapy sessions become your safe space.  And as time passes by, you realise that the journey to feeling better and feeling free may be long but at least you don’t have to do it alone. The counsellor creates an environment for you that makes you feel secure and makes you believe that your feelings and emotions are protected.

3) It Allows You To Deal With Situations In A Better Way

Once you speak about things that affect you, it makes you stronger. A therapist doesn’t in the literal sense offer solutions to your problems but they help you fend for yourself. They make you believe that you are good enough and no problem is bigger than you and your capacity to fight it. The spirit you develop helps you understand things better, gain clarity and perspective which help you deal with situations with sensitivity and patience.

4) Enables You To Help Others

When you feel a certain way, you are always looking for someone who relates to how you are feeling or is open to understanding the position you are in. Once you take up therapy, it makes you more susceptible to understanding how people truly feel, it also allows you to help others who are in a similar situation. People are gradually opening up about their mental health struggles and the stigma around mental health and therapy also seems to be fading. Once you have taken up therapy, you can help educate others and create a secure place for them to vent and eventually work out their problems.

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