Mental health and wellness is one an important aspect of our lives, and having good mental health helps you cope and develop resilience in the face of life’s adversities.

Part of maintaining good mental health is being able to find out what’s in your mind and someone to help you understand why your thoughts are the way they are, and this is why it’s important to make sure that you have someone to talk to.

But while your friends and family may love you to bits, there’s a reason why they can’t replace therapy – and why you should seek it as much as possible:

  1. Your friends and family aren’t trained therapists…

…and this means that they’re not always the best source of advice. They may be there to provide emotional support, but therapists are specifically trained to understand why you think and respond to situations the way that you do.

This also means that therapists are also completely honest and objective without any risk or personal stake.

  • Therapy gives you healthy coping strategies

Mental fitness requires a personalized approach, and there are different coping strategies that suit different people, just as people settle into new things or process obstacles at their own pace.

A licensed therapist will be able to give you the right coping strategy and give you an insight into your psychological behavior. With regular counselling, you’ll be able to grow in ways that might have been impossible to you before.

  • Your problems won’t be minimized

People don’t always get along well with their families, and if you happen to have a difficult relationship with yours, it may not always be safe to share intimate struggles.

There’s also nothing worse than having to go through something painful or traumatic, only to be told by a family member or friend to “get over it” even though they mean well.

Therapists understand that people manage experiences and life events differently, and when it comes to mental issues both serious and sub-clinical, they make sure that you are heard and worthy of attention.

  • You don’t have to feel bad for being “needy”

You – or at least your insurance – will be paying, anyway, so you don’t have to feel bad about constantly “using” one person for support. In fact, because of the nature of the practice, your relationship with your therapist is not meant to be a two-way street.

Unlike most relationships that need reciprocation (i.e. friends may want that friendship back in return, parents need you to be their child), therapists don’t expect anything back from their clients except simply to show up for your sessions.