|photo by Selena P.|
My Motivational Monday from two weeks ago shared quotes on courage. One example of extreme courage to me is going to therapy. Why? More than just because of the stigma surrounding seeing a therapist, but also because those who willingly go truly desire to work through their problems and improve, no matter how scary, uncomfortable, or difficult it is. They are facing their fears, skeletons in their closets, and monsters from their pasts. Accomplishing that kind of self-exploration and self-mastery is an act of bravery.
How do I know? Because I just went to my third therapy session today to help me through a difficult situation I'm currently in (though I think it's wise to go at any time in your life, problems or not). It's very painful but so fulfilling, and I look forward to every appointment. I've also completed counseling, both recently and several years ago. I didn't think there would be much of a difference between the two forms of help, but there is. My therapist comprehends me more quickly and makes more progress with me in less time than my counselors did. That is not to dismiss or diminish counseling; it was quite effective and rewarding for me both times. I was just unaware of the deeper self-discovery and self-journey available through therapy.
Honestly, if I could go every day and stay for as long as I needed to, I would. It gives me peace and optimism for my present and future. Through therapy, I hope to move forward as a wiser, more self-confident and self-understanding woman who knows how to handle in a healthy manner anything life throws her way.
Have you ever gone through therapy? If yes, what was your experience like? If no, I suggest you consider it.