Shocking, but true. There’s still judgment, shame and stigma associated with seeking therapy. This while research in psychotherapy and counseling are revealing amazing things. In fact, I just listened to Dr. Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. in Sounds True’s Psychotherapy 2.0 Online Training Summit, talk about the relationship between what we eat and how we feel. Research is showing that certain diets like the mediterranean diet and eating walnuts and drinking coffee can affect our mood. It’s exciting to see how much the field of psychotherapy is growing.
And it’s not just that.
I love what Thomas Moore says about therapy in A Religion of One’s Own:
“Therapy is a creative act, a making, a craft, and an art. John Keats called it soul making. I could call it soul carpentry or soul sculpting.
It’s far better to be under construction than to be shabby and in need of repair. The person who hasn’t sorted out his life experiences acts them out in daily life, repeating negative patterns. The alchemical or therapeutic work not only liberates you from your past, it makes you a thoughtful and less impulsive person, less prone to acting on raw emotion. You also become a better leader, parent, teacher, friend. You become a person of substance, liberated from the raw, interfering patterns and emotions that are useful only when refined.”
Remember that the next time someone makes you feel small for seeking help. Remember that when you feel embarrassed about being in the self-help/psychology section of a bookstore or reading any of our blog posts this week. If you’re seeking help, you’re not only changing your own life for the better, but you’re having a positive impact on everyone around you. And that’s an amazing thing.
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