A world steeped in and dependent upon technology combined with the unpredictable whirlwind we collectively lived through over the last year has left many of us feeling somewhat out of touch. With one another, with nature and with the world at large. And understandably so! The barriers that COVID put in place created isolation in ways that permeated, and in many ways eroded, both our physical and mental wellbeing.

All this is to say, if you’ve been left feeling craving real, authentic connection, you certainly aren’t alone. As humans, we are inherently social beings, with communities and groups providing us with or enhancing an important part of our identity, and exposing us to necessary skills to live and optimise our health and wellness.

However, with COVID an ongoing factor and the rise of technology showing no signs of slowing down, satisfying the need for such a connection can be difficult. So while seeking a connection in the “outside world” is still important, sometimes turning within can be an alternate avenue. The beauty of therapy is that it presents a real world opportunity to connect, while also nourishing the possibility of connecting within a community once more.

Still feeling unconvinced? Here are some of the reasons why developing a relationship with your therapist is valuable…

It allows you to turn inward and reconnect from within…

While the events that unfolded over the last year have quite literally been a universal experience, it’s possible that they have caused or exacerbated mental health issues that you may not be aware of. Though you might not be aware of it, it’s highly possible that the most neglected connection is that with yourself. Speaking with a therapist openly will allow you to better uncover the root of your problems and in turn give you the tools to begin overcoming them. Think of your therapist as a guide to help you navigate your mind.

Build resilience…

While speaking with a therapist can be confronting at times, it’s exactly that confrontation that helps you to nurture and combat your issues, and build a stronger and more resilient approach to life along the way. Just remember, for therapy to be successful, you have to be honest – not just with your psychologist, but with yourself!

They’re a real human being, too…

The relationship between you and your therapist is decidedly different from that which you might have with a friend, partner or family member. While it’s quite literally a therapists job to know you possibly more intimately than most whilst remaining professional, and to an extent, objective from their end, this relationship certainly has its own distinctive set of benefits. And don’t forget, at the end of the day, they’re still a real human with which you share a connection, albeit a unique one.

Talking literally changes brains…

Therapy promotes an empathetic relationship between client and psychologist, which in itself has been proven time and time again to provide the necessary conditions for change. And while this connection is established within a therapist’s room, those changes within your brain are something you can carry with you into the outside world which leads us to our final point…

Therapy extends outside of the office…

While they’re established in a very particular scenario, what you learn about yourself and the world with your psychologist extends well beyond the confinement of the therapy room. You’ll be left feeling more confident within yourself and more capable to seek and achieve the connection you’ve been craving!

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