CEO of Social Lifestyle, Shameen Cole, recently had an insightful conversation with Registered Counsellor, Christine Pienaar, to delve into the essential aspects to consider before embarking on your journey to find a therapist. He asked the pressing questions that many individuals have in mind, aiming to empower you to take charge of your mental and emotional well-being.
When is the Right Time to Seek a Therapist?
While it’s never a bad time to invest in your self-awareness and bolster your mental resilience, it’s particularly crucial to consider seeking therapy when you’re facing challenges or significant issues. Signs that may indicate the need for therapy include when thoughts about your problems dominate a substantial part of your day, or you find it difficult to navigate through daily life emotionally and mentally. Perhaps you’ve noticed behavioural patterns that are hindering your ability to function and enjoy a fulfilling life. Life changes, such as relocating to a new country, becoming a parent, or transitioning jobs, can also serve as prompts to explore the support of a therapist or counsellor.
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Addressing the Stigma Surrounding Therapy
Confronting the stigma associated with seeking therapy can be challenging. Sometimes, when you confide in friends and family about undergoing therapy, they may misconstrue it as a sign of instability. It’s crucial to remember that the ultimate goal of therapy is not therapy itself. Therapy is about achieving better mental and emotional health. It’s a tool to enhance your capacity to succeed in various aspects of your life. Whether as a man, father, partner, or leader. When discussing your therapy journey with loved ones, frame it in this context to help them understand its purpose and positive impact.
If you anticipate facing judgment or criticism, it’s perfectly acceptable to keep your therapy journey private. Your well-being journey is personal, and you have every right to share it when you feel comfortable and capable of explaining it effectively.
What to Expect at the Beginning of Your Therapy Journey
Therapy, particularly talk therapy, is a valuable process facilitated by a qualified psychology professional. During your initial sessions, the therapist will primarily listen as you share your life experiences and reflect on the factors contributing to your stress and challenges. At the outset, you may not possess complete self-awareness, and that’s perfectly normal. Therapists will ask questions and provide insights to help you articulate your thoughts and emotions. It’s a collaborative partnership between you and the therapist. A shared effort to help you overcome obstacles and progress toward improved mental and emotional well-being.
This insightful conversation is brought to you by Mygrow. The EQ technology platform, in collaboration with Men’s Health South Africa, as part of the Men’s Health Mental Health Series. It aims to shed light on the importance of mental health and the journey to achieving it. For help, contact the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) at 0800 12 13 14 or send an SMS to 32312, and a counsellor will return your call.