At some point in our life we will need the support of psychological therapy to heal our emotions and regain peace. It is a beautiful opportunity.
Imagine that one day your belly starts to hurt very badly and you don’t understand why. You tell your mom, your siblings, you try to consult online sources or you post a question on social media to find out what is happening to you. I think you will agree with me if I tell you that you will not get much relief if you cannot get a doctor to auscultate you.
And when the doctor arrives, or when you arrive at the hospital and the doctor begins to take care of you, even if the pain does not go away immediately, as he is putting into action measures to find out what is happening to you and to alleviate your discomfort, you go having a growing certainty that you will soon know what will happen and what you have to do.
Psychological therapy is the same. When our emotional stability has been shaken, or if we realize that we have not had that stability for a long time, the best thing to do is go see the psychologist. And no, this does not mean that you are crazy, only that a little help will do you good.
It is very nice to have a friend or a confidant to whom we can tell all our emotional pain, our frustrations and our interpersonal difficulties. But if that friend is not a specialist on the subject, the most you can achieve is to let off some steam. A psychotherapist is prepared and trained to detect and intervene in aspects of your life that are preventing you from being happy, from feeling minimally stable and from being able to take control of your life.
The benefits of psychological therapy
Psychotherapy is usually a wonderful opportunity to vent, resolve conflicts, get to know yourself, set yourself and achieve personal goals and, above all, leave behind the devastating feeling that you are going through the vicissitudes of life alone.
A psychotherapist will not judge you as someone who is not prepared to listen to the type of difficulties you are experiencing could. Your friends can give you all the moral support you may need, but your emotional health is too important not to go to someone who does have the resources and tools to help you.
In general, psychotherapists have spent many years developing the best strategies so that, as far as possible, it is the patient himself who elaborates his conflicts, so that the guide does not come as an imposition, but as a discovery. Although this strategy is more typical of psychodynamic schools (such as psychoanalysis), you can also find it in psychologists of many other currents, such as cognitive-behavioral.
Many of the modalities of psychological therapy include conducting sessions in groups and as a couple. These sessions often give us a lot of light on how we relate to others, which makes up a huge portion of our emotional well-being. If you are interested in this topic, you can also read this article on: how to choose a therapist for you.