Just like anyone else, I have been through my fair share of trauma and experiences that have shaped me into the person I am today. I have learned to cope. I have learned to shove things down- painful memories, sad memories, scary memories, my own shortcomings, in order to survive. We have all learned to cope in our own ways.
For the longest time, I put off going to therapy. The excuses were endless.
“I don’t need therapy, I just have small issues, not big ones.”
“Therapy is for people who are really truly suffering from something traumatic.”
“Therapy is only for people with mental disorders or illnesses.”
Years and years of telling myself that I didn’t need therapy and I always had a reason, but the biggest reason was because I wasn’t ready to face my pain yet. Over years of practice, I have conditioned myself not to feel emotional pain or negative feelings. I have gotten very good at not getting hurt. But the longer I went without getting help for myself the worse it got.
I used to think therapy or counseling was only for people with mental illnesses, traumatic events happening in life, or some sort of addiction. But the truth is, therapy is for us all. Therapy is for the person seeking to become more self-aware, emotionally healthy, and quit coping their way through life. Honestly, therapy is pretty damn cool.
“Therapy is not for weak people.”
“Therapy is for those who want to live in their strength and true potential.”
“Therapy is not for broken people.”
“Therapy is for those who want to live healed and whole.”
“Therapy is for sick people.”
“Therapy is for people who value their health and want to see change.”
Truthfully, therapy is there to help you learn a better way to cope and to move forward some of the things that are holding you back. It truly is for everyone. It is for humans. Normal people, if there is such a thing. The playing field is level. And we all have hurt. We all have needs. No one is exempt from pain on their journey. So, don’t walk it alone. Why not just give therapy a try?