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More than just a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on, therapy with a knowledgeable professional gives you the opportunity to explore your problems in a new light and gain clearer perspectives on yourself and your relationships. In therapy, you don’t have to worry about hurting another’s feelings or saying things that would be considered shocking or inappropriate. Therapy provides you with the safety to explore your issues without fear of reprisals or repercussions. Friends and family members may be well-meaning, but they don’t have the expertise to help guide you in the most effective and therapeutic ways.
Yes, this is a common reaction and is quite normal. Admitting to yourself that you need help working through your problems and confiding them in someone else can be initially intimidating. But keep in mind that entering therapy is a sign of strength, health and courage. It is a positive choice you are making to actively address and resolve the problems that are causing you stress and pain. Most people find that by sharing and examining their problems with an experienced therapist, they end up feeling much better about themselves and have happier and more satisfying lives.
It is normal to experience periods of sadness, worry, frustration, and anger in reaction to life’s struggles, setbacks, and disappointments. Over time, the painful feelings dissipate and we move on with our lives. However, if you experience any of the following problems over a prolonged period of time or if they impact your functioning in your home, workplace, or social life, you could benefit from psychological counseling: