7 reasons why we should feel zero shame when it comes to therapy

We often discuss the most impactful parts of our lives. From doctor's appointments and appointments with the bank to little things like coffee dates and going to the gym, the social implications of discussing these very normal activities are little to none. Why? Because we don't shun people who partake in these very normal activities.

So here's my question: why don't we talk about going to therapy? Why was it ever taboo in the first place?

Although I can rationally understand why many of us experience a "shame shitstorm," as Brene Brown would say, around the idea of seeing a therapist and treating our mental health, here are some of the main reasons why we should feel zero shame when it comes to discussing therapy:

1. Going to therapy is like going to the doctor

We have no shame when it comes to check-ups with the doctor. Why do we feel shame seeing the "brain doctor"? So...we applaud people who take care of their bodies but not their minds? Weird. Therapy is, for most people, essential in the maintenance of good overall health. Book that appointment! Who cares what Deborah said about how "there must be something wrong with you to go to therapy" anyway?!

2. We all struggle at times (there's absolutely nothing wrong with you)

Speaking of whether something is wrong with you, newsflash: you're perfectly normal (and wise to seek help)! When we don't talk about the things we do to maintain our health, it can be easy to feel like you're the only one who does it. But the more you talk about it, the more you'll realize just how many people include therapy in their overall health maintenance schedules.
Spoiler alert: it's likely way more common than you think!

3. Who doesn't need to talk to someone anyway?

Let's face it. We all need someone to talk to from time to time. Sometimes talking to friends and family isn't the right thing to do, and whether there's just too much to discuss or you don't feel comfortable talking to someone who is invested in your life about your deepest concerns, your local therapist is here to help.

4. Going to therapy does not mean that something bad happened

Need advice on your relationship? Not sure how to cope with your anxiety? Uncertain of how to set healthy boundaries? These are some of the many things that therapy helps with, other than a traumatic event.
Although therapists also help tremendously with the aftermath of traumatic events, they can support us through so much more than that!

5. People from all professions, backgrounds and circumstances go to therapy

Think it's just people with diagnosed mental health issues that go to therapy? Think again! Doctors, students, parents, pro athletes, children, wealthy people and those with little financial resources all attend therapy.
It's entirely normal -- just like you!

6. Therapists are there to hear about the things you don't feel comfortable discussing with the closest people in your life

We've all said, "I tell my best friend/partner everything." But do we? It's normal to have topics and concerns that are too embarrassing to discuss with the closest people in our lives, and that's nothing to feel ashamed of! That's exactly why therapists are there to help you navigate uncertain and embarrassing topics you may feel uncomfortable discussing with anyone in your personal or professional life.

7. Therapy can offer a fresh perspective that friends and family (as much as we love them) can't always offer

The people who love us most often want the best for us! As wonderful as this is, sometimes you just need a fresh, outside perspective. Therapists don't know you on a personal level and can offer objective insight that sometimes friends and family just can't offer. And, again, that's precisely what they're there for!