I spent seven years being very single — as in striking out most of the time — until I found an amazing woman to be in a healthy relationship with. During the tail end of that period, I started therapy where I often worked on negative beliefs and patterns that caused me to waste time chasing after women who weren’t interested or right for me. By the time I began dating my girlfriend, therapy had taught me how to communicate in a dating environment, use reasonable beliefs to find great women who were interested in me, and form a happy relationship.
There are thousands of stories like mine where clients have worked with a therapist to become happier and healthier people, which is way more attractive than it sounds. Listen to some of these stories and more details of mine to learn how therapy is the way to have a great dating life and find someone you can be happy with. Continue reading Can Therapy Help You Get a Date?
Seeing a therapist in an office is not affordable for most Americans. This is unfortunate for people who have looked past the stigma of therapy and committed to living happier lives but can’t afford the therapist’s rates. The average therapy session costs $75-150 an hour, and good luck if you live in a place like New York where the range jumps to $200-300.
People who rail against therapy accuse therapists of being greedy, but therapists actually have valid reasons for their high prices. Nonetheless, don’t believe you are stuck paying for therapy you can’t afford. Learning why it is so expensive is the first step toward searching for alternatives and paths to affordable therapy. Continue reading How Much Does Therapy Cost? (And Why Is It So Expensive?)
I’ll admit I did not handle things well the first time I searched for a therapist. I punched in my zip code on my family’s mental health care provider website and picked from the first page of results. That was my search.
Because I didn’t take the necessary steps, I wasted time and money going from therapist to therapist before finding a good fit. I didn’t know about online therapy, which would’ve helped me because I didn’t have my own car and couldn’t rely on the limited public transportation in my hometown. Even after I found the right therapist, I moved across the country and had to start the process again (another hassle online therapy would’ve circumvented).
The first time I pulled my car up to a therapist’s office, I had no idea what the experience would be like. The only images I had were from “Good Will Hunting” and “Equus,” both great movies but ones that don’t accurately portray therapy. I was skeptical, worried it would be a waste of time and money.
After years of chatting with therapists, other therapy-goers and people who were on the fence, I learned many people who consider therapy feel similarly before they commit. Therapy is a different for everyone, but there are common myths and misconceptions that aren’t true, ones that prevent people from receiving the benefits I have.
To break this stigma barrier, I reached out to therapists and drew upon my own experience. Keep reading to learn the truth about therapy.
There’s little stigma in going to the doctor when you feel sick, but what about seeing a therapist to talk out problems or gain an ally to grapple with mental illness? People who go to therapy are finding a treatment for their mind and emotions — the same way a doctor treats your body — yet they deal with unfair misconceptions and assumptions about why they are going and what they must be like.
The top Google image results for “mentally ill people,” include: John Hinckley (the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan), a homeless man, the Aurora shooter, and pictures of Jack Nicholson in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “The Shining.”
These results reflect the reality of how the public views the mentally ill and makes hurtful, stigmatizing assumptions about them. By drawing upon experience from our network of therapists and reaching out to mental health professionals, we readied a dose of reality to debunk the assumptions they encountered one by one and shame the stigma.
Politicians and pundits tend to politicize mental health, but it should mostly be about helping people. Those who struggle with mental illness and mental health issues are all around you — 62 million people, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. But you need to open your eyes a little wider to see the signs they might need therapy or another kind of professional help.
Studies have proven smiling has positive psychological effects on the person who smiles and the people who see it. With this in mind, Harvey Ball created the smiley face symbol in 1963 and declared the first friday of every October World Smile Day in 1999.