In this day and age, a lot of people still think of mental illness as something that is not as serious as physical ailments, and that you can simply brush it off and it will go away. Because of this, psychotherapy or just seeking the help of a psychologist in general comes with a stigma. Some people think that talking to a “shrink” means that you are weak, and that you can’t handle your problems on your own. But treatment such as psychotherapy in Montreal clinics can have many benefits, even if you don’t exactly feel like you need it.
- The relationship of the therapist and patient
You may be thinking, “I don’t need help. I have my significant other, my friends, my family.” But sometimes, it’s harder to talk to people that we care about and those who care about us. It’s difficult to communicate to them what you really feel and think, in fear of losing them and stressing them out. The relationship that psychotherapy produces gives you the feeling of confiding in someone who cares, but not necessarily someone that is a part of your life.
- A psychotherapist hears what other people don’t
A psychotherapist is trained in a way the when the speaker is honest, he hears anger in what others would assume hopelessness and sadness, or fear when others only hear anger. What helps the patient is that moment when he himself hears what he couldn’t hear at first, and he finally understands what he is feeling and how to address it.
- A psychotherapist helps patients to cope
A psychotherapist helps those especially who are diagnosed with clinical depression to cope with everyday stressors. It may not seem a huge help, but just getting to talk to someone who genuinely listens to what you need to say and what you really feel is an effective way to reduce stress. Think about it – when you are especially stressed or having problems and conflicts, just letting it all out and talking to someone relieves it somewhat.
- It helps people understand their situation
A psychotherapist knows how to read between the lines, and to veer the direction of the conversation to what will help the patient understand their situation better, as mentioned in a previous item. You may not think that this is necessary, but patients have said that this has improved their ability to look at situations differently, thus, making them make better decisions.
- Better physical health
One reason that mental health should not be ignored is that fact that it also affects physical health. Symptoms of mental illness also manifest in your body, and bring your immune system down significantly.
If you need help, or if you feel like you need someone to listen, book an appointment with a psychotherapist. Montreal-based therapists are now easy to get a hold of. Do not ignore what your emotions are saying.