By: Vaibhavi Gupta | IG: @whybhaviwhyy
What is therapy?
Therapy refers to structured meetings between a licensed provider such as psychiatrists, psychologists or counsellors and a client with a goal of improving their life. It is a form of treatment aimed at relieving emotional distress and resolving any other issues impacting mental health. It involves examining and gaining insight into life choices and difficulties faced by individuals, couples or families.
Why should you go for therapy?
The critical aspect of therapy is that the client or patient works collaboratively with the therapist to identify improvement and positive change over time. There are different types of therapies most of which have been researched and well-tested in the world of psychology and psychiatry. Therapists provide a supportive environment that allows one to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral and non-judgmental. They help in resolving problematic behaviours, beliefs, feelings, relationship issues, and/or somatic responses. Through therapy, one can change self-destructive behaviours and habits, resolve painful feelings, improve relationships and learn life changing coping strategies.
Who should go for therapy?
Therapy is for everyone. As you visit a doctor and dentists for regular check-ups of your physical and oral health similarly going for therapy is like a regular check-up of your mental health. Seeking therapy helps in analysing actions, understanding emotions and exploring oneself. With the help of therapy one can learn to regulate their thoughts, emotions, develop resilience, empathy and other positive characteristics.
Therapy can be beneficial in building resilience and provide strategies and tools to handle any challenges that life brings.
We all feel stressed at some point in our lives to different degrees. For some they may mean serious mental illnesses whilst for others it may only have a slight impact on their day to day life. Therapy could help in understanding our thought patterns and learning how to manage this stress on a day to day basis.
So, what do you think?
Therapy is for everyone and anyone and one should not feel ashamed to take therapy. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Emotional challenges and stress are by products of this competitive world we live in. We all have mental health and should take care of ourselves.