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Why We Resist Therapy (and Why We Shouldn’t)

Have you ever wondered why people who want to change their lives are resistant to seeking help? There are many reasons people talk themselves out of giving therapy a try, but these are often based on misconceptions and beliefs about the processes of self-growth and healing. Exploring and removing these roadblocks can help you feel more at ease about seeking help and ultimately lead to an improved sense of well-being and emotional stability.

Why Do People Resist Therapy?

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They don’t want to face their feelings. If you’re feeling depressed, grieving the loss of a loved one or dealing with anger or anxiety, it may seem like the last thing you want to do is face these difficult issues head on. The fear of exploring negative feelings is understandable but discussing them can help you identify their underlying causes and find emotional healing.

They want a “quick fix.” It our fast-paced society, instant gratification is huge. Healing and personal growth are powerful processes that take time, and each person’s issues and needs are different. The emotional stability, happiness and self-confidence you gain when you put in the effort to heal and grow.

They believe pursuing happiness is “frivolous”. Some people are taught at an early age that spending money on their emotional well-being is selfish or a waste of time. This is simply not true. You can’t put a dollar amount on the value of getting to know and love yourself. Although it feels like you’re being selfish with your time and resources to go to therapy, it will give you the tools you need to better yourself and, in turn, help those around you.

They are ashamed to seek help. Many are embarrassed about having problems or struggling with everyday life. Feeling this way is common, but it’s important to remember that you are not alone. No matter how educated, skilled or financially successful you may be, everyone needs help once in a while. If you listen to the stories of loved ones, friends and even strangers, you’ll find that having someone to confide in brings great comfort and relief, and allows you to gain the support you need.

They don’t believe therapy will work. If you’re unfamiliar with the counseling process, you may not realize how a therapist can help you learn many things about yourself that are eye-opening and empowering. Therapy works if you’re willing to share your feelings, be kind to yourself, keep an open mind, and put in the effort to change.

Are You Resisting Therapy?

If you’re curious about therapy and want to change your life, think about what may be holding you back. What fears, doubts or biases might be behind your hesitation to get help? Remember, there is nothing wrong with taking care of your mental health. Taking the leap to transform your life and find your peace and joy is quite admirable, and the investment you make in yourself can last a lifetime. If you’re ready to give therapy a try, contact a therapist directly to schedule an appointment today!