“I have learned that people will forget what you said; people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Therapy is no longer that dirty word or the dark horse of the healthcare arena. Regular sessions with a mental health professional are proving to be as important to one’s overall health as regular visits to one’s primary care doctor. Therapy, while often thought of as that place one goes following a trauma or years of victimization to be “healed and made whole again,” can be so much more. Therapy is tool that we can use to help enrich our lives through the personal growth and learning that develops based on an insightful journey nurtured by the counselor and guided by client. During this journey, strengths are empowered, challenges are addressed and overcome, skills are gained, and an alliance is built. Therapy can be a renewal, a resolve, or a reprieve depending on the concerns that one needs met. Therapy is not limited to the confines of mental illness or trauma. Choosing therapy as an option is a big step, one that takes tremendous courage and strength. The intimacy of disclosing our inner most thoughts and feelings to another human being can be intimidating and overwhelming. While therapy comes with no “silver lining” guarantee, therapy is a useful modality to help individuals overcome barriers and challenges presented by personal difficulties and in acquiring new skills, new behaviors, and new attitudes that will help them be more capable of solving problems on their own.