How often have you contemplated going for therapy but somehow it has never materialised into reality?
Seeking therapy is a big decision to make, and the search for the right therapist can feel similar to finding the right personal coach. In simpler words, finding a therapist who is a good match for you can be an arduous task. The tendency to give up on finding the right therapist may seem tempting, and we completely get that.
Life isn’t always a flowery road, and mental health issues can strike without warning when you least expect them to. Amid all the chaos and struggle that we go through, it gives us hope when we listen to someone who has been through a victorious journey by making mental health a priority. We see how they have emerged stronger than ever, ready to face life head-on, equipped with all the skills they have constructed together with their therapist. In this article, we take you through the eyes of people who have undergone therapy and have a lot to say about their experiences. We hope these testimonials of humble, strong humans serve as a gentle reminder to seek the support you deserve when you need it.
Success Stories Of Strong Humans:
"My therapist was a constant pillar, and it helped to know that I had a strong support system to lean on. My mental health journey began the day I acknowledged what was weighing me down, and my therapist helped me understand that through an in-depth perspective. That is half the battle won. We often fail to give ourselves due credit and find being vulnerable an act of cowardice. I was constantly reassured that I was not alone in this. "
It is in the heart and mind of every therapist to be someone their clients can lean on for support because they understand the essence of having a strong support system, of having someone clients can trust. Every person’s mental health journey is like a starting line of acknowledgement, acceptance, and change. Therapy involves a lot more than counselling and venting our thoughts and concerns; it revitalises our wellbeing by taking us through techniques that can most definitely be implemented in real-life situations. And that is exactly where the "real" change takes place.
- "After only a few sessions, I found myself confiding in my therapist. I was able to be vulnerable around them, and I was able to understand that my honesty would pave the way for my mental health in the right direction. I admit that being vulnerable was difficult, but in the long run, what was much worse than that was not being able to address my concerns, because as soon as I did, it made things much simpler. Talking it out helped me shape my problems and gain clarity about my thoughts and concerns. It allowed me to give it a structure; a beginning, middle, and end. I was able to put things in perspective and move towards looking for solutions rather than beating around the bush. "
The crux of one’s therapeutic journey lies in seeing it through to completion. For that to happen, we must be ready to set our sights and minds in the right direction. Mental health professionals guide us through our concerns by coaxing out our innermost deepest thoughts, including ones we didn’t know were eating away at our mental peace. Therapists help us form a structure and care plan around the information they gather. Every person’s journey is unique, and the result reflects the joy of a successful mental health journey.
- "With my therapist guiding me throughout, soon enough, I was able to understand that to move ahead, I must brave up to address these repressed emotions and feelings. My therapist dealt with my bottled-up feelings and emotions constructively. I felt a huge shift in my mood and overall behaviour as soon as I realised the importance of dealing with all the negative emotions and feelings that had piled up over a while. "
Therapy can be a driving force for us to take up the mantle of bravery and face negative emotions. Psychologists are trained to help us reveal thoughts and feelings that we have kept buried inside us for the longest time. Mental health professionals use a careful approach when targeting negative patterns. They use evidence-based techniques, which then help us recover and be better equipped to face difficult situations in life.
- "There have been times when my mental health worsened to the extent that I experienced physical symptoms as a result. Before I began regular therapy, I was perplexed about the physical pain and other physical symptoms I experienced that had no biological basis. As a result of opening up to my therapist about this, I was able to be cognizant of the physical symptoms that mental health-related concerns can lead to. I learned that a large part of our mental health is influenced by our physical health and vice-versa. As the sessions progressed, I came closer to dealing with my mental health concerns; the physical symptoms reduced significantly, eventually to none. "
The notion that physical health is greater than mental health has been prevalent over the years. People are well equipped with health care services when it comes to physical health, but mental health continues to remain somewhat unacknowledged to this day. What we struggle to understand is that physical and mental health are interconnected. People with serious mental health conditions are at a high risk of experiencing chronic physical illnesses, and people with chronic physical illnesses are at risk of developing poor mental health. What we ought to work on as a community is not giving one aspect more importance and attention than the other, but giving them equal priority to achieve a more holistic sense of well-being.
- "The best thing about taking therapy is that its effects have stayed with me for the long haul. I can proudly say that I now feel more connected with my thoughts and feelings and am better equipped to understand those of others as well. I’ve gained a lot of lessons and positive experiences from therapy at Heart It Out. I also have a sense that life doesn’t end here and that I might feel the need to seek therapy again in the future. Knowing I have come this far warms my heart and reassures me that I’ll be doing just fine."
Therapy has always been known for working through problems from their roots. As a result of taking therapy, we become capable of addressing our issues to a certain extent independently, ultimately enhancing our coping mechanisms. Therapy doesn’t necessarily mean the end of all worries and problems in life. Always remember that it equips you with the best strategies to cope with impending situations you might face in the future.
What “Hope” Looks Like In Mental Health
Dear humans, we at Heart It Out are well aware that reaching out for help takes a lot of courage, and we are here to remind you that your decision to engage in self-care would benefit not only yourself but those around you too. Being vulnerable is an act of bravery. Never let anyone tell you otherwise. While therapy is a personal choice, what we know and understand is that keeping our mental health in check is just as important as being physically healthy. With how far we have come in technological advancements, the good news is that therapy has become increasingly accessible, especially at Heart It Out.
Need more support and guidance? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We encourage you to reach out to us here and heart out all your concerns! ?
Written by Anushka Sandhu
Edited by Brencia Daphnie for Heart It OutSeek Support Now