Let's Be Honest, You Probably Need A Therapist

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Long gone are the days when going to therapy was reserved for “crazy people.” Hello, it’s 2017. Gay marriage is legal. Weed is almost legal everywhere. We’re actually close to the next Avatar movie coming out. We’re living in the future, people. The stagnant mindset towards therapy has slowly begun to die off. People living with mental illness are no longer the only people seeking out a therapist. While 1 in 5 Americans experience mental illness, there are still 4 in 5 Americans who experience stress, anxiety and depression on varying levels of their own. 

Major transition periods in our lives can be a trigger for unpleasant feelings. Moved to a new city? Started a new job? Going through a breakup? Miss home? These are major transitions in our lives that can cause stress and anxiety. In these moments, we look to friends and family to help guide us in the right direction. But sometimes, their input can be just as overwhelming. Wouldn’t it be nice to have third party, completely removed from your situation, to take a look at your life and help you figure out a way to feel inspired, hopeful and happy again? Wouldn’t it be nice to talk to someone whose sole goal was to make sure that you felt better?

You can. 

As of 2014, there were an estimated 106,500 registered psychologists in the United States. That’s a whole lot of people available to make you feel better. We recommend to do your research. There is a variety of therapy options for you to choose from, here’s a brief look at a few of them:

CBT Therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) 

The goal is to help change patterns of thinking or behavior that contributes to unpleasant feelings or emotions.


Group Therapy (or Family Therapy)

The goal is to strengthen the relationship between family members and create lasting solutions for communication issues.


Art Therapy 

The goal is to use art to learn how to express repressed feelings and cope with your emotions. 


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy 

The goal is to use mindfulness strategies to help you understand and cope with emotions and feelings.

When utilized correctly and consistently, you are looking at experiencing relief, clarity and perspective on some of your most difficult issues. 

Mental Health America says that therapy can help you: 

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  1. Feel stronger in the face of challenges
  2. Change behaviors that hold you back
  3. Look at ways of thinking that affect how you feel
  4. Figure out your goals
  5. Build relationship skills
  6. Strengthen your self-confidence
  7. Enhance your problem solving skills
  8. Heal from pains in the past

Sounds pretty great, right? If you’re struggling with an issue (mental health related or not), this could be your answer for getting over that hump. Like we said, it’s 2017. We need to keep breaking down the stigmas around seeking out professional help. We all need someone to talk to sometimes. It’s okay if you aren’t okay right now. If you’re seeking out help and feel comfortable sharing it, you could help break down those stigmas. You could inspire a friend, family member or someone you don’t even know to seek the guidance that they need. Don’t be afraid to need someone to lean on. 


You can learn more about each specific type of therapy featured, by clicking on their links in the article. 

Use Psychology Today's therapist finder to begin your search.

Share your story with therapy in the comments! Let's create a positive dialogue! 



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