I know there is a stigma with seeing a therapist or any helping professional. It’s unfortunate that society has created this belief. This post is to encourage seeking professional help when necessary. As someone who thrives from having and needing a strong support system of friends and mentors, I have found at particular seasons in my life that I need to find help elsewhere. For instance, in my counseling graduate program, we were required to receive counseling from a helping professional. When I signed up to do it, with the goal of getting my hours completed, I discovered that I had all these hidden issues I needed to work on and therefore grow in! Seeing the counselor weekly and being open to being vulnerable provided me the opportunity to grow when I didn’t think any growth needed to happen. Another time was recently when Daniel and I sought counseling before becoming parents. Our intention was to ensure that we were on the same wavelength with our parenting styles, but instead we worked on our communication styles and role expectations. I think it’s funny when I think I have myself figured out and discover I don’t! This brings me back to my point- if the opportunity is available to you, there is no shame in meeting with a helping professional. You do have to find one that fits you; you need to trust him/her and feel comfortable to be you and real. I realized that not all therapists made me feel the same way, nor used counseling skills that were effective. So if it’s for you, find therapy in speaking with a therapist! (I was shared that saying the other day). Encourage others to do so. I have found sharing with others my therapy experiences to be empowering of myself and encouraging to others.