Being a part of big brown desi family system, a lot of my loved ones and extended family members have strong opinions about therapy (good and bad), and yet neither one single person has ever seen a therapist. I’ve heard anthems of stereotypes like “get married” or “have a baby”, and “how can I share my deepest thoughts with a stranger?”
Then there are those people who love therapy and it loves them back – yes!
I can list people who have preconceived notions about therapy because there is so much that they don’t know, and aren’t willing to learn about it.
So, I’ve decided to take it upon myself to make them and others realize (more like enlighten) how constructive and liberating therapy can be with regards to your mental health and general well-being. And here’s what you need to know!
5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THERAPY
- Therapy will only work if YOU participate and do the work!
- Sometimes you may have to “shop” for a compatible therapist who fits your needs and matches your personality. You may not feel an instant connection and sometimes it will take one or more than a few sessions.
- Leave those stereotypes and stigmas at the door about what therapy is and is not! Err! Unless you’ve personally experienced it with someone, but just remember that all that unwanted/unwarranted judgement is just OPINIONS!.
- Learning to be open-minded, vulnerable + willing, and accepting of what is and how to work through everything with a therapist helps you during your journey towards healing.
- Therapy is for everyone! And no you do not have to be in a dark place to attend it. Happy people seek help also. I know a few personally. So in order to make yourself comfortable and at peace with yourself, stick to it!
That’s about it, some basic thoughts. And after reading this, if you do decide to take therapy, here’s what you should expect in the first session.