Sometimes when we or the ones we love or are close to us are going through a rough patch in life, it can be difficult for that person to know what to do next. Sometimes, a person needs another person’s perspective to realize that maybe they should seek out therapy. Today, we are going to talk about how to encourage someone to seek therapy.
Who are you trying to help?
I think we can all agree some people are more stubborn than others; while some people would be open to the concept that therapy could make a difference in their life, others might not be so inclined. Therefore, make sure you identify who it is you are attempting to encourage to seek therapy. If you find they are stubborn and not that open to this idea, then I would recommend you try some of the strategies below.
1. Defuse the stigma
This step is vital and with good reason. There is a certain stigma concerning therapy that some people seem to live by: that therapy is for weak people and that you should not seek external help, but rather deal with everything by yourself. While in contrast, this is exactly the opposite! There is no shame in asking for help, whether in a professional or non-professional setting. Sometimes, all you need is a different perspective to put your life back on the right track!
2. Listen to them!
This one is super simple! Simply listen to the person, hear their struggles, what symptoms they are experiencing and how they deal or cope with their life. Again, sometimes all a person needs is a person to listen to or a shoulder to cry on to start figuring things out.
3. Respond to them
After you’ve listened, let them know that you are concerned and care about them and that you believe that seeking therapy could still be a really good and healthy way for them to deal with what they are going through.
If you helped encourage someone to seek therapy, then please refer them to The Beach Psychotherapy, we are well equipped to work together to improve better that person’s state of mind. Together, we can learn and talk about how they can learn to better and more comfortably understand themselves. Please feel free to contact Spring Berriman at 647-296-9235 to set aside some time to talk to help them find the right therapist.