You have no idea how many sit on my couch for the first time and say something along the lines of “this appointment is 5 years overdue.” By far, the single hardest thing about being in therapy is starting therapy. This is especially true if you’ve never been to therapy before. Not only are you wrestling with a variety of overwhelming thoughts and feelings, but then (depending where you live) you’re likely faced with a number of options in terms of choosing the appropriate therapist for you. However, before ever even beginning the search for a therapist there is frequent and understandable hesitation. ‘Do I really need therapy?’ ‘Isn’t that for people with real problems?’ Even in 2014, psychotherapy has a fairly significant stigma that holds many people back from getting the help they may be needing or wanting.
“We are healed from suffering only by experiencing it to the full.” ~Marcel Proust
I recently stumbled upon the website I Have a Therapist and wanted to pass it along. It is designed to help end the shaming stigma behind being in therapy by having people post photos and little blurbs about their positive experiences. Perhaps the most encouraging thing about this website is to see how many younger people are unashamed and secure in the fact that they have reached out to get the help and support they need. Because of the stigma against psychotherapy, so many people still need encouragement and support in taking the first step by getting them open to the idea of therapy. If you or someone you know is going through hard times, do yourself a favor and visit the website to learn a bit about the benefits that therapy has brought to so many people’s lives.
“We are healed from suffering only by experiencing it to the full.” – Marcel Proust – See more at: http://ihaveatherapist.com/#sthash.c07OzrNN.dpuf