An Investment In You

Investing in yourself and your life - Therapy is not a relationship to enter into lightly. It is an investment of time, effort and money where you allow yourself to to matter and work to transform your opportunities. Take the time to reflect on your goals, talk with a therapist on the phone and then make an appointment.

 

You want to love and accept yourself – Many people have difficulty with this, and they are not necessarily depressed or have a mental disorder. Therapy can help you explore roadblocks or feeling “stuck”. Make happiness a priority in your life, be present and grab on to possibilities. 

 

You want to make a good marriage great – Many relationships are functional, but are no longer fun. Exploring what has changed and where you plan to go can improve communication and return excitement to a marriage.

 

You want to be a fantastic parent – Many of us, despite our own objections, revert to parenting patterns we observed in our childhood. Therapy can get you out of this rut and become the parent you want to be.

Research at the University of Washington found that people who went to therapy instead of taking medications spent about 40 percent less on treatment over 16 months - and the results lasted longer.

You want to understand your purpose in life – Dive in and find out who you are on a deep level, helping you uncover the passions buried under the busyness of life. A desire for this time to self-reflect may mean that…

 

You want one hour each week to focus completely on yourself – Therapy is a course where you are the subject matter. You can explore yourself, go deeper into your current thoughts and feelings, or just sit and “be” for a while. This vital practice has become a forgotten art in our world today.

 

You want to reach a fitness goal – Therapists aren’t personal trainers, but it’s commonly understood that physical fitness is as mental as it is physical. Therapy can help you overcome the roadblocks that prevent you from reaching your goals.

 

You want to let go and forgive – Holding a grudge isn’t a diagnosable condition, but it does have serious physical, emotional, and relational consequences. Through therapy you can learn to resolve these issues for yourself and move on.

 

You want a place to practice assertiveness, expressing emotion, or anything else – Therapy is a laboratory for you to explore, experiment, and practice behaviors that are scary in the rest of life. Shy people can practice confrontation. Detached people can experiment with expressing emotion. When you’ve tried this out a few times in session, you may be ready to take it out into the world. 

 

While this is only a few list of reasons for therapy, I hope you get the point: therapy is helpful for treating serious problems, but it offers much more. If we can move past the medical model myopia that contributes to therapy stigma, perhaps many more people will come to understand therapy’s benefits first hand.

Natalie Kohlhaas MA LPC NCC CPCS  IMHCounseling