Written By: Melanie Strand-Glatczak, CSAC, CS-IT, LPC-IT
People come to therapy for a variety of reasons. Sometimes when we talk with family and friends about something we are struggling with, they have a variety of opinions and advice. We may hear things like, “this is what I would do if I were you” or if you don’t follow their advice you may hear, “I told you so.” Something they also have is bias. Our family and friends know the others involved and they likely have an opinion of them as well. It isn’t their fault; they usually can’t remain objective.
Therapy differs in many different ways than talking to a friend or family member. Therapy provides a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere where you will learn about yourself and develop an insight that you may not have experienced before. Therapy is a place where you will truly feel listened to and understood. You can develop a stronger understanding of yourself through the therapeutic process and what can prove to be helpful. Therapists and Psychologists are trained in different theories that can help.
Although counseling provides help for those that have significant mental health concerns, it can also provide help when you are struggling with a situation, medical concern or life event that no one in your life seems to understand. Therapy can help with a variety of life circumstances and provide support that you haven’t experienced in other relationships. Many times, people “tough their way through a problem” and this can have a long-standing impact.
Sometimes therapy can be brief and sometimes it takes a while to come to a place where you feel at peace with why you came to therapy in the first place. Whatever brings you to therapy whether that be a long-standing concern or something that “I just can’t seem to let go” or a variety of other reasons the time spent on yourself will be well worth the commitment.
Our lives can be hectic and overwhelming at times. Therapy allows ways to sort through some of the complexity of our lives and develop and understanding that we may not be able to achieve on our own or with others in our lives. You are worth the time and effort of what therapy can give you. Please call our office or check out our website to find a psychologist or therapist that will be a good fit for you.