One thing to keep in mind when taking everything that we have talked about in is that not every method of treatment will be as effective for every person and that there are a number of factors that will determine which treatment plan will produce the best results and exactly how effective it actually will be. Every client and every single case is unique where CBT might be the best method for one, while some simple online therapy might be the best route for someone else.
Trust Your Therapist
There is one thing that should be applied by every single client and it is a pretty important one. It is imperative that you trust your therapist in whatever he or she thinks will be the best form of treatment for your particular instance and sometimes you may not agree with whatever they have to say.
We are in the chair sitting across from you for a reason. We went through years and years of education, experience, and practice to be in the position that we are in and everything that we know and practice is based on years of actual scientifically peer-reviewed empirical evidence and not simply because we want to make this a miserable experience for you. Click here to get a little background on what it takes for research to be accepted in the scientific community.
The types of therapy that we have covered so far are generally the most common in the field. Next I will go into more detail on a case that I briefly mentioned earlier.
One of the biggest things I try to incorporate in my counseling practices and really make sure that my clients understand is that every single person on this planet has their own personal issues with something.
There are no exceptions to this. Even Bill Gates has issues of some sort and I am sure could find and see the benefits with incorporating some sort of therapy into his life.
We Are Social Beings
I think this is a huge reason why any form of therapy seems to have a sort of stigma attached to it. A lot of my clients come in with the impression that they are the only ones who are suffering in the ways that they are and that there must be something wrong with their brain that separates them from others. This is simply not true and it is a very hard wall to cross for a lot of people, but the end result is always positive.
We are social creatures and we base a lot of our feelings and emotions on both the way others perceive us, and the way that we perceive the others around us. When you are able to feel a connection or similarity with the way your peers are feeling then it is much easier to accept what is going on and to take the next steps necessary to actually start seeing the benefits therapy can have.
Counseling and therapy is something that almost everyone could benefit from by applying it to their own lives. You don’t have to have a mental illness or any pre-existing condition in order to see positive benefits from counseling, and I think this is a huge misconception that a lot of people here in America hold.
I am originally from Italy and when I compare the outlooks and the way people implement counseling between my home country and here in America, I see a lot of differences but also a lot of similarities.
I think the biggest thing that I have noticed is the stigma that seems to be attached to those who seek counseling here in America. It is almost like you are shunned if you seek treatment and this is something that I will never understand. Back in my home country, people have a lot more sympathy and empathy towards those who seek treatment and you are never looked down upon for doing so.
Even Therapists Can Need Therapy
Even though I am a counselor myself, there have been countless times where I have thought I needed to seek treatment for a number of reasons. Who wouldn’t benefit from having someone you can talk to about your problems and listen without passing any judgement?
We all have our crosses to bear and there isn’t anyone out there who wouldn’t find something beneficial from seeking therapeutic help.