Today’s guest post is by my friend and writer Brooke Edwards. I’ve known Brooke since our college years and she continues to amaze me with her bravery and openness about her life events. She wrote this for you to help you understand the power of therapy in her life.
I’m a firm believer in the power of therapy.
Yes, there are lots of ways I can help myself deal with everyday problems, but there have been several times in my life that all the self-help in the world wasn’t going to get me out of my situation.
Here’s a brief overview:
It taught me to set boundaries in my relationship with my parents.
I didn’t have a great early childhood, and, as a young adult, I needed to learn how to build my own life.
I was newly married and had recently moved, and I found myself repeatedly taking on stress related to my parents.
It was beginning to bleed over into my healthy relationships, so I knew it was time to get help. By working with a therapist, I was able to separate my parents’ worries from my own and to focus on the present.
It strengthened the bond with my firstborn. In one single weekend, my oldest daughter became a big sister and suffered the death of her beloved teacher.
The following school year was a disaster, with significant changes in her behavior.
I found a therapist who practiced play therapy, and we worked hard to strengthen the parent-child attachment, as well as my daughter’s self-confidence, and her behavior improved significantly.
It helped me recover from a significant traumatic event.
After being robbed and kidnapped at gunpoint, I knew I was at significant risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
I found a therapist who specialized in PTSD treatment and received enormous relief from my symptoms, as well as the ability to move forward with my life.
It saved my marriage.
All serious relationships have their ups and their way, way downs.
The year 2016 was incredibly hard on my marriage, and I knew we weren’t going to be able to work through things on our own.
We found a marriage counselor who has taught us better ways to communicate with each other, how to meet our own needs as well as each other’s, and how to work toward common goals.
Mental health is a vital part of our overall health as humans.
Too often people put off finding a therapist because they don’t think it’ll work, or they won’t get enough out of it. Some things aren’t for everyone: skydiving, eggplant, social media… But there’s something for everyone in therapy.
Spending time in a therapist’s office is a solid investment in your health. Call the office today to see how therapy can improve your life.