A therapeutic relationship has very clear boundaries. What you talk about to your therapist will not be talked about to others; you don't have to worry that you'll hurt someone's feelings or that you're burdening them.
It is talking most of the time that you are with the therapist, but it's much more than conversation. You will learn to increase your ability to handle situations that have been difficult for you; you will talk about the symptoms that have been bothersome; you will express your emotions and learn to regulate them; you will choose from suggestions made what will help you feel better and interact with other people in ways that make your life better.
Talking about what has happened to you may be difficult, but just talking about it to a professional who is accepting and nonjudgmental allows your brain to process facts, emotions, physical sensations, and how your nervous system has been affected.
Mental health is as important as physical health, but people have not always understood that. Stigma about mental health issues comes from misunderstanding and fear. The media often misrepresents why people attend therapy. You just have problems like everyone else, but you are the one getting help.
Sharon Beam LPC of Aubrey Counseling
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