Updated: Feb 2
Maybe you’ve been contemplating seeing a therapist for a while — you’re feeling anxious, sad, overwhelmed, or just need someone to talk to. The next step is to find and schedule an appointment with a therapist. Easy, right?
Unfortunately, it’s not that simple for most people! The mere thought of trying to find a therapist — especially the right fit— can be so overwhelming that the search is put off altogether. Starting therapy can be daunting, but is so worthwhile.
Here are just a handful of the benefits you’ll unlock through therapy:
1. You’ll Get Immediate Support
A therapist can help provide support for what is happening to you right now. Even if you’re not ready to delve into deeper feelings and emotions, a therapist can help you address the life stressors in the here and now.
2. You’ll Learn You’re Not Alone
Talking to a therapist is validating. Many people share that, after they talk to a therapist, they feel like a weight is lifted off their shoulders. Therapy is a safe space to process what you are going through instead of struggling with it internally.
3. You Can Better Understand Your Emotions
You might be experiencing a lot of feelings but are not sure how to put a name to how you’re feeling. Therapy can help you label those emotions, better understand them, and ultimately help you navigate them in a healthier manner.
4. You Can Learn Healthy Coping Mechanisms
A therapist can help identify current coping mechanisms that may be unhealthy and are not serving you. In doing so, they can assist you in identifying new and healthier coping skills that you can continue to use long after you stop seeing a therapist and for any curveballs that life throws your way!
5. You Can Get Help Setting Goals
Talking with someone can help you get unstuck and realize your goals. Therapy is a place where you can explore your values and identify what is important to you and how to take the next steps toward living the life you want.
These are just a few of the many ways you’ll benefit from therapy, regardless of your circumstances. While finding a therapist and showing up to your first appointment might not be easy, it’s an important act of self-care that you’ll likely thank yourself for later.