Let’s talk about stigmas. Even with more acknowledgement around the importance of everyone’s mental health, there are still a lot of stigmas that might make someone hesitant to consider therapy as a resource (or not consider it at all). I think a lot of those ideas have centered around who goes to therapy/why someone goes to therapy.
Before my career in the mental health field, I had been to therapy a handful of times when challenging things were going on in my life. Thankfully I had great therapy experiences, but this scenario is common and to an extent it can create this narrative that therapy is for people who are unhappy, lacking skills to help themselves, feeling lost, or processing some kind of traumatic life event. Is therapy a great place to find support and gain tools for handling difficult thoughts/feelings/emotions? Of course! But does someone have to wait until they’re unhappy, feeling lost, or processing trauma to establish a supportive relationship with a therapist that they trust? Of course NOT!
Most of my clients would describe themselves as people who find happiness and enjoyment in aspects of their life, regardless of what they’re currently walking through. It’s never the wrong time to set yourself up with a strong support system helping you create a meaningful life, because that is truly an act of self-love. Life is hard and we all benefit from having safe people in our lives to walk with us through the good, the bad, and everything in between.
Does this resonate with you? I want to continue to challenge myself and you to keep asking questions around our former beliefs/ideas and giving ourselves the space to change our minds (or not) to align with our current values and highest self!