If anyone knows me, you’ll know how much I preach the praises of my therapist. For the past 5 months, I’ve been seeing my therapist once a week. It’s been my saving grace. She’s the one who helped me realize I need to travel, helped me decide I needed to quit my job, and helped me realize my passions and goals. She’s awesome, and going to therapy is something that’s really helped me a lot.
I don’t know what the stigma is, but it seems a lot of people feel that going to a therapist means you’ve sold out, that you have a shit ton of problems, that you are a crazy ass bitch. But au contraire, mon frère, going to a therapist makes you a badass.
I’ve seen therapists since college. While in college, I saw my therapist whenever I needed to vent about classes, my long distance relationship and my job. It was when I first fell in love with the idea of having a therapist, someone who you can confide in and feel safe around. I made the decision to see a therapist when I felt like I needed an outside opinion, someone who wasn’t biased, someone who could come into my life and tell me how it is without the fear of hurting my feelings or making me upset. I needed advice from someone who didn’t know me.
I’m here to tell you that going to a therapist has saved me. When I was in the depths of my depression, she was the one I could talk to and get real, thoughtful, truthful advice. Yes, at first I was intimidated. And don’t get me wrong, something about crying your eyes out in front of a complete stranger and telling them your secrets is a little weird at first. But it also makes you a badass.
Keeping your feelings bottled up and feeding into your depression is not fun at all. Baring your soul and not being afraid makes you a badass. Acknowledging that you are hurting and you need help makes you a badass. Stepping outside of the box for alternative options to help you with your depression makes you a badass.
Now I know most of you are like….well….aren’t therapists expensive? If you aren’t insured, yes, it might be hard for you to find an affordable therapist. But there are also TONS of therapists that work on a sliding scale, meaning you pay whatever you can comfortably afford. If you are in the Los Angeles area, here is a good source for you. If you live anywhere else, a quick Google search should lead you to affordable therapy.
Your health is so much more than your physical health. Your health includes your mental health, so just as you go to the doctor for regular checkups and physicals, make sure you take care of your mental health as well. Because being healthy in body AND mind is badass.