The Myth of Hitting Rock Bottom
Okay, so the title may have been slightly misleading. The idea of hitting rock bottom may not be the myth so much as the idea that this is a necessary place that one must get to before change happens. The truth is that I have seen dozens of people decide to seek help before their so-called rock bottom, and I have seen dozens more stay at rock bottom for far longer than they thought humanly possible before they decide to get help.
The reason I bring this up is the same reason I talk about calling the fire department after your house has burned down. Sounds silly right? And yet people wait until their lives are decimated before they deign to seek help. Maybe pride gets in the way, or the values that have been instilled in us; we should be strong, capable, independent. So what happens when we are no longer any of those things, when we just can't? How long is it reasonable to suffer in silence? Is that the definition of strength? I can only speak for myself, but I define strength as the ability to do something even though it is difficult, like asking for help.
I went off on a bit of a tangent there, completely off topic from what I intended to write. This article was supposed to be about how helpful therapy can be at any stage, and how you don't have to be in the depths of despair to seek out psychotherapy.
I originally intended to discuss the benefits of psychotherapy both during times of difficulty but also for ongoing self-care and how it can assist us in gaining insight into ourselves and others. Being in psychotherapy offers the benefit of having a reliable constant figure in your life. Psychotherapy provides you with the strength necessary so that when you do face challenges you are better equipped to handle them. If you have struggled for years or get the sense that things could be better, email me firstname.lastname@example.org and let's talk about how psychotherapy can help you.