Yesterday, I shared with you my misconceptions about therapy– and why I think differently now. Thank you for your thoughtful comments and responses, and for sharing your own experiences with therapy. I’m thrilled to have my experience featured on GoodTherapy.org today. Because the content is similar to what I posted here (and can’t be duplicated elsewhere on the internet), I’ve removed the previous blog post… but you can check out my story on their website here!
The GoodTherapy.org community advocates healthy and ethical psychotherapy practices for both therapists and clients. I was moved by their overall vision in many ways, and I’ve paraphrased my favorite parts here.
At GoodTherapy.org, we envision a mental health community in which therapists:
- Treat all people with the dignity and respect they deserve.
- Give people the benefit of the doubt by holding to the wisdom that people are born loveable, loving, and vulnerable beings and that everyone is doing the best they can based on their experience and circumstance.
- View people as proficient and capable of change. Far too often, people are seen as deficient and lacking what it takes to be healthy and happy.
- Are guided by their hearts as much as their minds.
Therapy isn’t for everyone, though I truly believe in the benefits of “talking it out.” We could all use an objective ear and healthy nudge from time to time. In this article, I’ve included a few tips to make therapy really work, based on my personal experience. For readers who have struggled to locate a therapist they trust, GoodTherapy.org includes a section to help you find one!
Again, thank you for your kindness regarding a personal and sometimes hard-to-share experience. I’m again reminded that the BlogLand community is special and supportive.