While we have “advanced” enough not to believe that going to the psychologist is “something for crazy people,” there is still a certain reluctance to make the decision to go.
Professional help and therapy can help us to solve the problems of the past, improve our present and change our future.
These are just a few reasons to have a consult. Find out more in the article below.
Why go to the psychologist?
As a first step, you must banish the idea or preconception that you must be crazy in order to go to the psychologist. Think of it as a way to take charge of your problems and anguish.
In the same way that you get your hair at the beauty salon or you make a mask for wrinkles, the mind also needs care.
Requesting professional help is not easy and requires determination that we often do not have or do not take seriously.
Remember that sometimes you cannot control everything that happens to you by yourself. You cannot know everything either. For that, there is therapy.
Do not think that, by beginning sessions with a psychologist, you will have to continue with them all your life. You can decide, yourself, when to continue and when to stop once you feel that you have been able to solve the problem that afflicted you.
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Reasons to go to the psychologist
Unlike what people believe, asking for help is brave and intelligent, not cowardly.
Just as there is no sense in enduring a physical pain (from a tooth, back, etc.), we should not endure emotional pain either.
If you do not know why you should go to the psychologist, pay attention to these reasons:
1. It is a space for you
Maybe you spend all day working, doing household chores or fulfilling obligations.
You do not have time to devote to yourself. Going to the gym or the beauty salon, napping or taking a long bath are forbidden pleasures due to a lack of time.
- Use the session, then, as a well-deserved space to take charge of yourself. As if it were a massage, but for the soul.
- Wanting one hour a week to solve your problems is not being selfish, but an opportunity to improve your relationships with yourself and others.
2. It allows you to understand
Many times emotions take control and do not allow us to think or act clearly. At other times, we do not understand well why we do certain things.
We all have mental blocks, experiences and situations that make us behave in a specific way.
Going to the psychologist can help us, for example, to understand why we are the way that we are or why the same things always happen to us.
You may need a “formal” explanation of your feelings to deal with them.
3. They will not judge you
Has it ever happened to you that, when talking with a friend, your partner or a family member, you feel that others make erroneous judgments about you (or about the subject in particular)? This is because the people around you can take sides or have preconceptions.
- The psychologist, on the other hand, does not “actively listen” to your problems, but rather analyzes your way of expressing yourself, your language, your gestures and your reactions.
- This way he can evaluate the situation and give you a professional point of view without qualifying your behavior.
4. You will get another opinion
Therapists have studied to be able to offer their patients different opinions, values or points of view from a more “objective” angle. That is to say, without emotions or taboos getting in the way as could happen with your best friend.
- You can get an explanation from a different perspective and that will help you to act differently next time.
- The psychologist is not emotionally involved with you and, therefore, his perspective is broader.
- It will be very useful to move forward, to modify negative behaviors and to be at ease with yourself.
5. Talking will do you good
On many occasions, the psychologist remains silent and lets the patient realize the error or the situation in particular by his own means. Putting your emotions into words is fundamental and that is achieved by talking.
Letting the tears flow, the anger dissipate or the anxiety decrease depends on each person … and of what we express in that space reserved only for us.
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6. It challenges you
Going to therapy is like talking to the mirror, only that the answer is not always what we want to hear. A therapist will not tell you the same thing as your loved ones, and that is reason enough to consult him.
He will not tell you that you are right 100% of the time nor will he be on your side in every situation.
So you can find a solution to your problem by yourself, a way to unlock a trauma or to overcome an obstacle. You will challenge yourself to improve, go further and move on.
7. You will have the tools to act
Basically, a psychologist does not tell you what to do, but he helps you to find the methods of achieving a goal yourself.
As a first step, by identifying what happens to you, then acquainting yourself with the situation and, finally, acting accordingly.
Going to the psychologist is an excellent idea, even when no trauma from the past haunts you every day. Maybe you do not think you have enough problems, but the truth is that you can always improve as a person thanks to therapy.