One of the most common reasons I hear so many people say they won’t see a therapist is: “I can’t afford it!”
It’s a tough place to be in. To know you want to do something, that it might make you feel better, but feeling like you can’t. I know, I have been there. Therapy can be very expensive. There are so many options out there for those that can’t afford therapy including asking your church for employer for free counseling options, contacting a school or university for low fee or free counseling clinics, and even community options like non-profit clinics. Many therapists offer sliding scale fees for lower income individuals. HOWEVER, you can’t afford to NOT get help. And here is why:
Stress, depression, and anxiety, OH, MY! – According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older. THAT’S 18% OF THE POPULATION! Emotional issues and the way you cope with stress impact your body. Aches, pains, high blood pressure, sleep issues, and poor health can all be results of stress and poor coping skills and will affect your daily life. 75% to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints. The longer you wait, the more you will find yourself in a doctors’ office, between medications and doctor’s visits- it can get expensive.
It’s TREATABLE! Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Why would you want to live your life with worry and stress when you could feel better with treatment?
Life is too short not to ENJOY it. If you aren’t loving your life, what are you waiting for in order to make a change? You have the power to make a difference in your life! We are not stuck like trees in the ground, we can move, evolve, learn from our past. If you have the tools and support, you can get on the road to a happier, more authentic YOU than if you keep doing what you are doing, because it isn’t working for you right now. If you want something to change, you have to put it into action.
Life will be even shorter if you can’t enjoy it. Those with untreated depression and anxiety have shorter life spans and lower quality lives. Therapy can help teach you tools and techniques to understand and overcome whatever obstacles are currently in your way.
Create BETTER relationships. Therapy helps you get out of miserable relationship patterns and cycles and help nourish and strengthen the good ones. Therapy can help the good relationships become great ones through better listening and communication, greater intimacy, and better understanding of one another. How awesome is that?!
You CAN change your life. You aren’t stuck. You aren’t defined by your past. You can change the way you think about things, view things through new lenses, rewrite your own story. You aren’t destined to a life a sadness and fear. It’s not going to happen by magic. If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.
Bottom line…you are worth it! Therapy is an investment in yourself. Learn how to empower yourself, learn more about the way your mind works, understand the negative patterns in your life, and increase your self esteem, love YOU more. Your support system is important, why not nurture it and help it grow? So yeah, it takes investing in ourselves to create a happier and healthier life AND you are valuable and worthy of that investment. Contact me to get started on your journey! firstname.lastname@example.org