In times past, it was generally thought that only someone who was “crazy,” or someone who had a “nervous breakdown,” had reason to see a psychologist. Today, psychologists still treat serious mental disorders, but they also can provide services for other reasons as well.
Many of us today feel lost or empty in a world with a cultural emphasis on superficiality and immediate gratification. In fact, a healthy, meaningful, and spiritual life should be the core of human existence. Anyone can benefit from psychological services that enhance and maintain physical and mental health, and that promote honesty and intimacy in daily life.
Professional help and therapy can help us to solve the problems of the past, improve our present and change our future.
The need to talk about your emotions is seen as something to poke fun at, weak or shameful. That stigma is often why people don’t seek help in the first place.
But here’s the reality: Therapy is an incredibly useful tool that helps with a range of issues, from anxiety to sleep to relationships to trauma. Research shows that it’s incredibly effective in helping people manage mental health conditions and experts say that it’s worth it even if you don’t have a medical problem.
Requesting professional help is not easy and requires determination that we often do not have or do not take seriously.
But, as a first step, you must banish the idea or preconception that you must be crazy in order to go to the psychologist. Think of it as a way to take charge of your problems and anguish.
And remember that sometimes you cannot control everything that happens to you by yourself. You cannot know everything either. For that, there is therapy.
Psychologists are trained to help people like you. Having been recognized as science, couple of centuries ago, Psychology has been emerging in a variety of fields, from industry to academy, communications, sports and clinical settings. The psychologist’s role in each one of them is different. In a clinical setting, a psychologist helps people to alleviate anxiety, depression, guilt, phobias and some others symptoms. These are often related with life events, but mainly with how they understand those events. Depending of his school of thought, your psychologist will use some different techniques to treat your symptoms.6
It will help you to improve your overall health. Feeling not good, is bad for your health. Chronic stress, anxiety or depression are not only psychological issues, these can lead to important physical problems, such as back pain, IBS, heart disease, diabetes and so on.
If you do not know why you should go to the psychologist, pay attention to these reasons:
1. You’re experiencing unexpected mood swings.
2. You’re undergoing a big change.
3. You’re having harmful thoughts.
4. You’re withdrawing from things that used to bring you joy.
5. You’re feeling isolated or alone.
6. You’re using a substance to cope with issues in your life.
If you still need convincing, here are a few reasons why you should give the practice a try:
It is a space for you– Use the session as a well-deserved space to take charge of yourself. As if it were a massage, but for the soul.
It allows you to understand-We all have mental blocks, experiences and situations that make us behave in a specific way.
Going to the psychologist can help us, for example, to understand why we are the way that we are or why the same things always happen to us.
They will not judge you– The psychologist, does not “actively listen” to your problems, but rather analyzes your way of expressing yourself, your language, your gestures and your reactions.
This way he can evaluate the situation and give you a professional point of view without qualifying your behavior.
You will get another opinion– Therapists have studied to be able to offer their patients different opinions, values or points of view from a more “objective”
Talking will do you good-On many occasions, the psychologist remains silent and lets the patient realize the error or the situation in particular by his own means. Putting your emotions into words is fundamental and that is achieved by talking.
It challenges you– Going to therapy is like talking to the mirror, only that the answer is not always what we want to hear. A therapist will not tell you the same thing as your loved ones, and that is reason enough to consult him.
You will have the tools to act– Basically, a psychologist does not tell you what to do, but he helps you to find the methods of achieving a goal yourself.