In recent weeks I have overheard this conversation multiple times
Friend 1: Wow, I am so overwhelmed
Friend 2: Have you thought about seeking help?
Friend 1: What do you mean?
Friend 2: You know, go see a therapist
Friend 1: I AM NOT CRAZY!
The implication here is that only crazy people need counseling, when in reality you are crazy for NOT going to counseling.
Here are the facts: Psychology Today reports that 59 million adults seek therapy in the United States. GoodTherapy.org explains that an overwhelming majority of these individuals are “ordinary people with common, everyday issues”. So, as research clearly indicates, therapy is for everyone including YOU, the reader, and it is only due to social stigmas why the word “crazy” is associated with therapy.
Dr. Howes, writing for Psychology Today, lists that adults in the US go to therapy because of distress, support/coping needs, communication issues, self-exploration, or mental disorders. The simple truth is that every individual needs help processing events in our daily lives, and a counselor can help by giving support, information, guidance, or practice new tools.
Despite what you may have learned growing up, despite what you may see on TV or at the movies, and despite what may be said by some friends or acquaintances, going to therapy helps you THRIVE. It is the strong, brave, and healthy that become vulnerable in order to grow, and they should be applauded and supported not ridiculed.
If therapy is suggested to you, please go.