What is therapy? Is it for the weak? Is it for the wickedly elite? Is it for the majority culture? Perhaps it is for those that are “crazy”? As therapists, one of the greatest challenges that we are greeted with is the debate as to why therapy should be apart of one’s standard wellness. “I don’t need therapy. I can talk to my friend for free.” Another favorite of mine “All is well once I take these drinks to the head.” One that I am MOST familiar with is “If you are solid in your faith, then you will not need a therapist. If you are unable to work through your problems with the help of our Lord Jesus Christ, then you are the problem. God can fix it. Give your worries and struggles to Him for He cares for you.” Then you do it right? You know, you give it to God. Well, you try to give it to God. I mean you REALLY put forth your best efforts to trust God in relieving you from these thorns. In giving your anxiety, addiction, depression, chronic illness, trauma, abuse, eating disorder, anger, parenting challenges, dysfunctional family, sketchy boss, unfaithful mate to God, you find that it becomes The Tar Baby to you. As a result of your constant efforts and even more constant failures, you find both your mental and spiritual health are nose diving. “What is wrong with me?” Yes, this is a question that we ask ourselves regularly. Spoiler alert: Nothing is wrong with you. Didn’t you know? God uses therapists to execute His perfect plan of healing and wholeness for His children, too.
The purpose of therapy is to help one to manage through the challenges and pits of distress. Does it make you weak? No. Therapy is an act of bold, brazen, courageous commanding of one’s healing and wholeness. Surely it is for rich, Caucasian people. Nope, this, too is a myth. The same insurance plan that you utilize to take care of your medical and dental exams most likely has money included for mental health services. Now is the time to unapologetically demand the immediate eviction of those things that steal your priceless, irreplaceable joy. Beginning this journey is without question one of the most sane, least “crazy” things that you can do! Unite Dragonflies and take back the peace stolen from you!