The world of the 1950s was a world vastly different than the one we see today. During that era, the Civil Rights Act still hadn’t been passed, women held nowhere near the distinction that men did in society, minorities had far less opportunities than they have today, drinking was more socially acceptable, and so much more. The point is simply to show that the world of that time was vastly different than the one you know today. If it was so different, then why do so many people still hold onto an idea from that time, the idea that individual therapy is a sign that you are weak and that you can’t handle your issues on your own? A huge percentage of Americans still believe that if you are the kind of person that seeks out individual therapy that you aren’t capable of handling your issues on your own. These people see individual therapy as a weakness, as a sign that something is wrong with you. It’s for this reason that so many people don’t seek out therapy when it could really benefit or improve their quality of life.
It’s 2016, and it’s time for individual counseling and therapy to break out of its societal stigma. It’s about time for people to stop looking at therapy as something that shows you are a lesser person, and it’s time for them to start looking at it as a way for people to seek out help when they need it. For all of the talk that people make about mental health when it comes to issues of violence in American society, it’s incredible that many of those same people don’t believe that people should be seeking out therapy.
The truth of it all is that individual therapy and counseling has helped tens of millions of Americans over the year. For people who are suffering from depression, anxiety issues, a lack of motivation, anger, and so much more, sitting down and talking with a stranger about those feelings, a stranger who is a certified professional capable of handling and engaging in those kinds of conversations, can be incredible beneficial to most people. When you’re able to sit down and vent about the issues that you’re having in your life, you’re able to get them off your chest. You’re able to hear from another person that you’re not going crazy, that the feelings you’re having are feelings that other people have all the time, and that through a series of exercises or through consistent conversations like the one you’re having, you can actually start to work through some of these things and get back to your life. Therapists are highly trained individuals who are able to help you deal with grief, who can help you tackle anxiety, who can walk you through dealing with depression, and so much more.
When you go to see a therapist, it’s not a sign that you’re weak. On the contrary, it’s a sign that you’re strong enough to say, “I need some help,” and to actually follow through with it. If you’re in need of individual therapy, reach out to Mercier Wellness & Consulting today.