7 Signs Your Therapy Sessions Are Worth It
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If you feel like you need help to manage your emotions or mental state, asking for professional help is always a great option. Depending on your problem, though, it may take longer until the positive effects of therapy are showing up.
Still, how can you know if you’re on the right track? What if all the time and money invested in such sessions aren’t paying off in the end?
Today, experts in the field are sharing 9 signs that visiting your therapist is worth it to improve your quality of life. If you’re ready, let’s have a look:
Your relationship with others improves
Being in a dark place mentally immediately reflects on your relationship with your loved ones; certain issues can also leave you unable to create new connections with other people.
According to Michael J. Salas, licensed professional counselor at Vantage Point Counseling, as soon as someone improves their emotional and mental state, they will notice improvements in their relationships with family and friends. These effects can translate into being more aware of the others’ needs or being comfortable enough to build new relationships.
You hear your therapist’s voice in your head
Your emotional and mental state are probably tested the most when you’re all alone. In such times, turning to negative thoughts can be very tempting.
If your therapist’s words pop up in your mind during such moments, chances are you’ve created a good connection with them. But there’s a deeper meaning too: if your subconscious mind is repeating you the things your therapist is saying, it means you’re genuinely believing what they say.
This is a great sign of progress, self-trust and perhaps a better life ahead of you.
You get along
Creating a genuine connection with your therapist is essential for being able to open up about your deepest thoughts and emotions. If you feel this connection is gradually becoming stronger, it’s a good sign that your therapy sessions are going to have a positive outcome.
Your self-esteem improves
As Salas explains, this is the most important sign you should look for. If you start realizing how much you matter to yourself, if you acknowledge that you hold the power to change your life for the better, then therapy is working.
The most important task a therapist has is to help you ‘fill your esteem tank from within.’ This means being aware of your own qualities and values, as well as the fact that you don’t need other people or material things to be at peace.