Counseling Is Good for Everyone—Here’s Why

Have you tried therapy? While there was a bigger stigma around seeking help years ago, modern attitudes toward therapy have changed. You might be wondering, “Do I need counseling? Who is therapy for?” The truth is that counseling is good for everyone, no matter who or how old you are, what your socioeconomic status may be and the reason you’re seeking help.

Therapy can help anyone willing to engage, whether you’re trying to figure out why you’re suffering from low-level blues, or you’ve gone through major losses and life changes. (After the COVID-19 pandemic, this is more common than ever.) Even if you start out uncomfortable, you may quickly grow to love the tools and safe space therapy provides. Here are several great reasons you should try therapy:

  • Helps you develop better coping mechanisms: When we go through stressful times, it’s easy to pick up unhealthy coping mechanisms. Overeating, overindulging in alcohol and turning to other substances can temporarily numb the pain—but they won’t address the root of the issue. Going to a counselor gives you the opportunity to find other coping mechanisms that will work for you. They might include exercise, a new hobby, mindfulness or meditation—your therapist will help you find the right answers.
  • Provides a safe space to talk about difficult experiences: Many of us have gone through difficult experiences, such as the loss of a loved one, abuse, drastic life upheaval and more. It’s hard to talk to others about those experiences, especially if you feel obligated to support others—after all, someone else’s “rock” isn’t supposed to cry. However, repressing those emotions can make it even worse. Talking to a therapist can help you process these experiences in a safe and productive way.
  • Allows you to develop your sense of self: Who are you, really? Who do you want to be? Whether you’re sure of the answers or you’ve been struggling to find them, a good therapist will help you discover the truth about yourself—and guide you in getting where you want to go.
  • Offers insight into your life: Sometimes we just get stuck. Whether it’s with a difficult family member, colleague or social acquaintance or we’re simply depressed, it’s easy to get caught up in unproductive cycles. By going to a therapist, you can dig deep into the root of your problems, identify destructive patterns and make changes for the better. If you’ve been longing for a “lightbulb moment,” therapy may be the way to go.
  • Hones your deductive reasoning skills: Finally, therapy can help you improve your reasoning skills. Forcing yourself to examine problems from multiple angles will provide an opportunity to identify patterns, link facts and come to insightful conclusions. All you need is a helpful therapist and the willingness to do the work.

If you’ve been wondering whether counseling is right for you, why not try it yourself to find out? Call Ellen Savage, LCPC today for an appointment. With the right guidance, you can change your life.