This movement is just beginning, and it's an important one. Therapy should not be reserved for the just special situations. Therapy should not be seen as a decadent indulgent for the middle class. No, therapy should be seen as a lifesaving tool. Cause that's what it is.
Therapy saved my life. Not once, but twice. Because at two different periods in my life, my world came crashing down around me and I was unable to dig out from beneath the rubble. The first crash was as a young adult when I was facing some major life changes. The therapist I worked with then was more of a short term experience from which I benefited greatly. The second crash was more recent, and this time, I had a team to help support me, led by my incredible therapist.
See, therapy isn't just a place to go to dump your worries and whine about your life. Therapy is a place to go if you are seeking change. Therapy is a place to go if you want to make your life, and your world, better. Therapy is not for the faint-hearted. Therapy is not easy. In fact, it's the hardest work I've ever done. EVER.
But I'm becoming a better person because of it. I'm on the road to liking myself, for the first time ever. And for me, that's a huge step. While my history may be littered with experiences that would shock many, because of therapy, I know I don't have to let the past define my present, or ruin my future.
To the most amazing team of professionals - my dietitian, my doctor, and of course, my therapist, I am forever grateful for your guidance!
Oh, and please do not think you can't afford therapy - there are people and places out there that will help you!
Read more about National Psychotherapy Day here and find them on Facebook! Also check out this article written by one of the founders of National Psychotherapy day, as well as these articles written by those who support the day.