Why does it feel so hard to take that first step to improve our wellbeing? To talk to someone or get support?
It is common to have mixed feelings about starting therapy and our instincts lead us to stay away from uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. However, life, as much as we crave it to be, is not always sunshine and roses. Everyone is faced with a unique set of challenges in life such as worry, anxiety, social inequality, fear of rejection, financial insecurity, gender identity, perfectionism, grief, etc. Oftentimes we can navigate these challenges on our own. However, sometimes it can be overwhelming, and it can help to talk to someone. This allows emotional energy to be directed toward gaining a better understanding of ourselves, than toward pushing away difficult emotions.
In recent years, society has made strides in breaking down the stigma behind mental health. Resources are becoming more accessible and overall awareness of the impact mental health has on our lives is increasing. If this is true, then why does it feel so hard to take that first step to improve our wellbeing? Perhaps this can partially be attributed to a lack of knowledge surrounding the therapy practice.
Counseling: Science vs. Art
Counseling can be viewed as both a science and an art. Many researchers have proven that there are scientifically based practices for addressing different symptoms (i.e. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, etc.). However, there is also an art behind the relationship between the client and the clinician. Developing a trusting relationship is the foundation for any therapy practice and creating a safe space for clients to share their thoughts and to receive support is the first step. Once this is established, clients can start to take steps towards navigating life’s challenges, healing, and finding their new rhythms.
The Benefits of Counseling
Some of the benefits people have experienced include (but are not limited to): Finding ways to manage stress, building confidence and self esteem, managing depression, managing anxiety, learning to navigate grief and loss, addressing sleep difficulties, treating effects of trauma and post traumatic stress disorder, support during times of transition and the list goes on. Whether you are trying to navigate a new situation, dealing with challenges, or simply feeling stuck, talking with a qualified professional might help steer you back onto your path.
As always, we look forward to connecting with you,
Kara & the SLN team
Therapists Spill: Is Therapy an Art or a Science?: https://psychcentral.com/lib/therapists-spill-is-therapy-an-art-or-a-science#1
Why Counseling is Important: https://positivepsychology.com/why-counseling-is-important/