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Shouldn’t We Be Proud of Starting Therapy?

Starting therapy can be intimidating.

It makes sense—you’re walking into the unknown!

Is that ever comfortable??

Meanwhile, as you’re searching for the courage to face the unknown, there is a barrage of mental health stigma floating around. Throughout history, people with mental health issues have been labelled as different, not normal, broken, scary, troubled, threatening, or worse.

But, here’s the truth: going to therapy doesn’t mean you’re broken. In some ways, it’s becoming more and more “normal” to recognize mental health issues and ask for help.

1 in 5 adults in the United States experiences mental illness in a given year. That’s about 43.8 million people.

(From NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Do you still feel “different?”

Is it even possible to be "different" when 43.8 million people are in the same boat?

Therapy doesn’t mean you’re broken. It doesn’t mean you’re troubled. It doesn’t even mean you’re different. It means you want to grow, and you know that you need a helping hand to get moving.

Going to therapy simply means that you’re making a commitment to change your life for the better.

Instead of being worried about starting therapy, shouldn’t we be proud? It means that we’ve dared to dream of a life that could be better. It means that we’ve realized that we can’t do everything alone, that we’re only human and sometimes humans need to help each other.

It means you’re willing to take a risk, step into the unknown, and create good things.

No doubt about it--that’s something to be proud of.

If you’re in southeast Michigan, reach out to us to get started!

If you’re located somewhere else, head over to Psychology Today to find a therapist near you.

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