I love this description of therapy because this is what it really is –
If it wasn’t for a close friend of mine that encouraged the idea of therapy. I would have never developed the courage and self-awareness to enter therapy. Therapy gave me the tools and techniques to live a more confident and emotionally balanced life.
Don’t think you only need therapy if you’re “really” bad off. If there is any tool that you are lacking in terms of emotional and/or mental strength, therapy is the place to go learn those. Yes, learning the tools may require some work to find out why you haven’t developed them, or a deeper dig into why you haven’t been able to grow, but in the end it’s really about developing as a person.
When you need to learn a new professional skill you get some form of training. If you want to learn how to cook, or play guitar, you can sign up for classes, or lessons. If you’re searching for a new job, you hire someone to help develop your resume, or coach you on interviewing skills. There’s no stigma attached to any of those things. If anything, we respect people willing to learn new things and take on new challenges.
Going to therapy should be seen the same way. You are going to develop yourself and be better off for the work you put in. If the people around you can’t respect that, they do not have your best interests at heart.