I have often been asked “What’s the point” of getting involved in Therapy or Counselling, especially when it seems like you can go to your Family Doctor and get a prescription for almost any Mental Health Issue that you may be struggling with.
It’s true that you can go to your Doctor and get anti-depressants and/or anti-anxiety medications, along with a variety of other medications to help you – sleep, focus better, reduce some of your anger reaction, etc. However, medication does not teach you new life skills, coping strategies or help you change your attitude or way of looking at things,Therapy or Counselling can.
Therapy or Counselling provides you with a safe and supportive environment designed to challenge you to grow and develop effective skills and strategies that will enable you to deal with life as it comes your way without ‘falling apart’ or ‘losing it’.
Therapy or Counselling can provide you with an emotional ‘life saver’ when you feel like you can’t keep on paddling on your own. Sometimes when things get difficult we really can use someone who will provide a calm and stable place while we get ourselves together to fight another day.
Therapy or Counselling provides you with someone who can act as a sounding board. That sounding board can tell you when you are making sense or going off into the weeds and then help you build better solutions and/or strategies to deal with the challenges you are facing.
To my way of thinking Therapy or Counselling at times is like going shopping at your favorite tool store – i.e. – and emotional version of Canadian Tire or Home Depot –where you can stop in and find just the ‘right tool’ to deal with what you are struggling with – i.e. – anger, anxiety, depression, poor interpersonal communication, and the list goes on.
If you are looking for some new tools for 2020 – you might want to give me a call – we can work together to improve your emotional tool belt.