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Does Therapy Work? Yes, and It’s Awesome

PUBLISHED Jan 5th, 2021 & UPDATED ON Jan 23rd, 2023

In our opinion, therapy is one of the BEST ways to help you divethru anything you might be facing in your life. These problems could be anywhere on the scale from “this is the worst fucking thing that’s ever happened to me” to “I don’t know how to tell my sister to stop borrowing my shit.” Your therapist is there to offer judgment-free advice and basically be a professional guide walking you through the vast and confusing forest of mental health. In this article, we talk about a common question that Google hears every day…does therapy work?

The answer is yes, and (in our humble opinion) therapy is the best thing ever. It is so much more than reclining on a couch and clinically talking through your symptoms.

But what exactly can therapy help you do? Let’s find out.

Therapy Helps You Work Through Intense Emotions

Feeling overwhelmed with emotions can be a really scary experience. Suddenly, out of nowhere, BOOM! You start crying. We’ve had that happen… More than once.

We can be overcome with feelings we don’t know how to process and end up giving ourselves emotional whiplash. 

It can be hard trying to understand why you’re feeling a certain way and what the cause of it is. None of us WANT to feel incredibly sad, but sometimes it just happens. Whether or not you know the root cause of your emotions, a therapist can help you face it head-on in a safe and supportive space. 

They can also give you tools to keep in your back pocket to use when intense emotions do come up. These coping strategies can basically be custom made to fit you and your situation (ooooh, how fancy). If you find that one technique isn’t working as well as you’d like, that’s ok! Your therapist has a million other ways to help you divethru what you’re going thru. 

Therapy Helps You Process Trauma 

Trauma can come in the form of a breakup, loss of a loved one, or even being fired from a job. Anything you might be struggling to process, your therapist is there to help! 

Some people like to try and push these feelings deeeep down inside of them so that they never have to feel them again. But imagine if these emotions were a passenger in the backseat of your car. You can try to ignore what they’re saying, but you’ll never be able to block them out completely. Eventually, this passenger is going to get REALLY loud and you won’t be able to ignore them anymore. 

So, the moral of the story is don’t ignore your feelings. Talk it out with a therapist instead. Emotions can be heavy for one person to carry all on their own. 

Therapy Means Advice From an Expert

Venting to your friends about your problems can feel really good, but for some reason, it just hits different when you talk to a professional about your issues. 

This might be because they’re an objective third party in your life, they’ve gone to school for years and years to study science-backed approaches, or maybe because you’re able to speak freely in a safe space about anything you need to. Yes, anything! 

Therapists can give you advice that helps you see improvements in your mental health. Your friends can be a great sounding board for your thoughts, but therapists know how to guide you through your emotions so that you’re able to process them in a healthy way. This is extremely important if your quality of life is being affected by a mental health concern. There’s no shame in the therapy game so do like Pete Davidson does and get the support you need.

Therapy Helps You Rediscover What Makes You Happy 

With some mental health issues, like depression and anxiety, you can lose interest in the things that used to bring you joy. We can feel bogged down by our emotions if they become too much to bear on our own. 

A therapist can help you fall back in love with your favourite things by sharing the weight of your emotional load. This will help free up space in your heart and mind for the things that you love. As you move through therapy, your mental health will improve, and you will reconnect with your excitement for the things that you love! 

They’re There Specifically for You

When you see a therapist, they’re there specifically to help you. Yes, you! They will move at your pace, they won’t push you too far, they’re there to listen, and never EVER judge. 

You can talk about whatever you want, and your therapist will listen. They’ll truly listen! If you think your problems are too small to talk about, a therapist won’t see it that way. Any issue that you have, no matter the size, is one that the two of you can work through together. 

If you don’t have any issues to talk to your therapist about one week, they can be there to just help you celebrate your awesome wins! 

It can feel amazing to have a trusted partner in crime… Wait… Not crime… Trusted partner in mental health? Sure. We’ll go with that. 

Everyone Needs Therapy

You read that right. Yes, everyone. Therapy doesn’t have to be limited to just improving a serious mental health concern. It can help you improve your communication, your relationships, help you advance your career, or become a better partner or parent. 

Seeing a therapist doesn’t have to be reserved for the times when you’re struggling the most. They can help improve the already fantastic life you’re living! This will sound corny as hell, but it truly is a great way to help you achieve your full potential and help you become the best version of yourself. 

Some people view going to therapy as a sign of weakness, or as an admission that something is “wrong” with them. But we’re here to tell you that way of thinking is BANANAS! There is no shame when it comes to getting professional help. If you feel uncomfortable with telling people that you’re in therapy, you don’t have to tell them. It’s your business, not anyone else’s! But we can almost guarantee that you’ll be shouting from the rooftops how fucking awesome therapy is once you try it. 

Read More: How to Get the Most Value From Your Therapy Appointments, Different Types of Therapy & Approaches in Psychology,

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