• Larissa Long

How can therapy help me?


With everything going on in the world right now, you may be feeling overwhelmed, scared, stressed and uncertain. You usually vent to friends, family and coworkers…but that just doesn’t seem to help you feel better anymore. The feelings of overwhelm are still there, and you may be noticing less energy, difficulty sleeping and concentrating, fighting more with your family and partners, and just feeling very unsettled overall.


The good news is, while seeing a therapist in the past has been heavily stigmatized, more and more people are breaking through their fear and getting the support they need. We at Be Your Best Self & Thrive Counseling believe this is positive! We know it’s not easy to ask for help, especially when it comes to mental health. But talking to another person about how you feel does NOT make you weak. It takes incredible courage to reach out for help and share your inner world with someone else. And we promise that once you take that first step, the benefits of therapy will change your life forever!


It is also important to note that you don’t have to wait until you hit rock bottom to see a therapist either. In fact, seeing someone before things get out of control will prevent those types of desperate situations from occurring. It has actually been scientifically proven that talk therapy can better your life in many ways. Read on to learn about why therapy is so beneficial and how it is changing as more and more people seek to improve their emotional and mental health!


Therapy can improve your communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Do you find it difficult to speak up for yourself or communicate your needs? Or perhaps you are struggling to peacefully communicate with your partner or family? A therapist can help you practice effective communication with someone who is professionally trained to do so. You can then use these new skills in your everyday life.


Having honest conversations with a therapist builds self-acceptance and self-esteem.

  • A positive therapy experience is one in which you can trust the therapist to hold space for you and accept you just the way you are. Therapists can help you find peace in the present moment and learn to love who you are, even if you are struggling and have made mistakes.


Reviewing your processes with a therapist can give you the ability to change self-defeating behaviors/habits.

  • Habits are hard to change, we all know that. The first step in change is to recognize which behaviors need attention. Allowing an unbiased professional to view your life from a new perspective can show you patterns that you might not have known were there. You can then talk about them together, with no judgment, to understand if the behavior is beneficial to you or not. We reject the idea of “good” and “bad” habits. Are the habits helping or hindering? That’s what you will explore together.


Therapy encourages better expression and management of stress and emotions, including anger.

  • Do you find yourself exploding with rage or shutting down at the first sign of conflict? Learning how to express your emotions in a healthy way is challenging, especially if you didn’t have positive role models to learn from growing up. Therapists can help you process your emotions and give you the tools to help you process them in real time.


Along with all these benefits, therapy can also give you improved problem-solving and conflict resolution abilities, help you recognize distorted ways of thinking, and help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions.


If accessibility has stopped you from seeking therapy in the past, don’t worry! Now more than ever, people are seeking mental health care, so clinicians are making all kinds of innovative improvements to client support. Not surprisingly, telehealth counseling sessions have become one of the more popular changes since the COVID pandemic began and continues to be an easy, accessible option for many people.


Maybe you are interested in hearing how others have dealt with similar circumstances? Many counseling practices are now offering online groups, workshops and classes that you can take with other folks who are going through the same things you are. Finding community is extremely important for the healing process because it helps you feel less isolated and it is comforting to know someone that has been through the same experiences as you.


There are so many wonderful benefits to modern therapy, and we hope that you now feel a bit more comfortable to seek care, in whatever format feels most aligned for your needs. You deserve the undivided attention of someone who has your best interests at heart. You deserve to feel better. You deserve peace.


At Be Your Best Self & Thrive, we offer in-person, virtual, individual, and couples counseling sessions. We also offer in-person and online workshops and courses. We treat a range of concerns all through a holistic lens, which means we view mind, body and spirit as a whole. Remembering that we are all connected, we truly believe in the power of community and interpersonal support. So if you’re feeling ready to start your healing journey, CLICK HERE to get started - we look forward to helping you feel better!


Warmly,

Larissa Long



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