If you’ve ever wondered how to start therapy, then you’re in the right place! There are so many facets that are barriers to care, but we won’t get into all of those because everybody’s context is different. Instead, we have one tip that will help you no matter what your situation is. So here it is… the best way to start therapy: Bet On Yourself.
We say it a lot… everybody should have a therapist. And we truly believe it! Taking time to actually slow down and process through your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with a trained professional is a great way to prioritize self-care. Relying on yourself or your friends and family alone for mental health advice eventually leads to stagnation. A trained, outside perspective is super helpful for personal growth.
You don’t even need some big reason to start therapy. Mental health care is not reserved for crises. Therapy works best as maintenance, not just in emergencies. Think of a vehicle. Care is taken to maintain the use of the car periodically throughout the year (car washes, oil changes, brake pad replacements, windshield wiper fluid refills, etc.). As a human, you are much more complex than a car. So then, why wouldn’t you take the time to periodically perform maintenance on your own mental health?
Remember: there is no such thing as “crazy.” Going to therapy does not make you weak, or less than, or inadequate to handle life. It’s actually quite the opposite. Seeking out mental healthcare is a sign of strength. You are literally saying to yourself and the world that you see yourself as a worthy investment. That’s what we mean when we say to “bet on yourself.” It’s all about believing in yourself and acknowledging that your mental health can always improve (thus your life can always improve, too!).
But what if you start therapy and hate it? Finding the right fit for your therapist can be difficult. (Our mental health ecosystem friend has an app for that!) The surest way to find the right therapist for you is to just go! How will you know if the energy and communication styles vibe or not if you don’t go? If they are not the best fit for you, they probably know someone who is. All you have to do is start.
You are wonderful and exceptional, but you are not the exception. It is okay to not be okay. Likewise, it is okay to go to therapy even when you do “feel” okay. Simply Psych is committed to expanding the mental health ecosystem because we know it can help make the world a much better place. We are betting on it. And you. 🙂 Will you bet on yourself?
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