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Why Go To Therapy? Insight from Pamela B. Lacerda, LICSW

How often have you heard someone say “I don’t need therapy, there’s nothing wrong with me!” I hear it often, so I’d like to introduce myself and hopefully answer the question “Why go to therapy?”…

…Because we all need a hand sometimes; it’s part of being human. Reaching out to someone new to share your private struggles can be a vulnerable feeling, but I believe that making this time for you may be one of the kindest and gentlest things you’ll ever do for yourself. It just may change your life.

We all have a story and the best intentions go astray because people find it hard to change; this is the human condition. Sometimes we make the same mistakes over and over. Are you curious about why that is? Why we keep doing things that we know will ultimately hurt us, and will have painful consequences? We become experts in self-numbing, we use food, exercise, work, money — or sometimes worse, drugs and/or alcohol — to stifle physical and/or emotional discomfort. The longer we do this, the more difficult it becomes to remain present in any given moment.

The most common misconception is that seeking therapy means you’re weak. However, recognizing when we need a hand, and asking for help is a sign of strength, determination, and self-care. Life is busy, and we often have little time to care for ourselves. Coming to therapy is deliberately carving out time for you, and only you, because you believe that you are worth it. When we are hurting, and experiencing emotional distress, it helps to have a safe place to go and a safe person to talk to. A person who will be gentle, honest, and who will offer their full attention in order to understand you, and how to support you. Think of therapy like a conversation between two people in a quiet, relaxed environment.

Pamela B. Lacerda, LICSW
76 County Road.  Mattapoisett, MA 02739
Phone: 508.991.9543
Website: pamlacerda.com


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