As a somatic therapist deeply immersed in the world of therapy, I’ve witnessed firsthand the profound impact it can have on individuals and their relationships.
But, is therapy for everyone? Should everyone be doing therapy? Or, are there people who simply shouldn’t?
These are the questions we’ll explore today.
Navigating Life Requires Guidance
From my perspective, the answer is a resounding yes. I believe everyone should be doing therapy on some level.
Navigating life requires guidance. Just as we rely on instructors to teach us these skills like driving or dancing, therapy provides a safe container for exploring the depths of oneself. It allows you to delve into your emotions, confront challenging questions, and sit with the uncertainty that life often presents.
Going through life is like driving at night, where only a portion of the road is illuminated by headlights.
In therapy, a therapist serves as a guide, illuminating the path ahead and providing support as clients navigate their journey. By holding space for them, we enable them to explore freely, leading to a more enriching and fulfilling experience.
Therapy grants permission to feel deeply and express authentically.
In a society that often encourages emotional suppression, therapy offers a sanctuary for genuine expression. It allows you to expand your emotional bandwidth, leading to a more profound connection with yourself and others.
Why People Resist Therapy
Despite the undeniable benefits of therapy, resistance to doing therapy is not uncommon. Why is this?
I believe it’s the fear of confronting themselves.
There’s this sense you get when you’re hiding from your true nature, from your true being. You can kind of tell you’re hiding, or not fully expressing yourself.
And so when someone offers to help them stop hiding, all this fear comes up. But I don’t think its the normal kind of fear. It’s the fear of truly knowing oneself… and then being forced to reconcile the life they’ve lived hiding from themselves with the life they could have been living if they embraced their true nature.
Society’s conditioning reinforces the belief that life is burdensome and should be endured rather than enjoyed.
However, therapy challenges this mindset, encouraging you to embrace change and growth (at least the kind of therapy that I do, I’d get away from any therapist you don’t feel this with).
Moreover, therapy can disrupt established relationships as you evolve and grow.
This discomfort with change often leads to a sense of resistance from those around you because they don’t understand the changes you’re going through… and the ways they used to control and manipulate you no longer work.
I’m not saying that everyone around you is out to get you, but that everyone you have a relationship with has developed ways of relating with the current version of you. As you evolve and change, these patterns of relating remain the same.
You’ll know who your true friends are when you go through a deep personal evolution through therapy and they allow their relationship with you to grow and evolve as well.
True growth requires stepping outside of your comfort zone and confronting the unknown.
That’s why I believe therapy is not merely a tool for addressing mental health issues; it is a transformative journey of self-discovery and growth.
By providing a safe space for exploration and expression, therapy can empower you to lead a more authentic and fulfilling life. While resistance may exist, embracing change is essential for personal transformation. I believe that, as a somatic therapist, I serve as a guide, illuminating the path to self-discovery and growth for my clients.
Are you ready to begin? Let’s dive in.
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