Noun. Derived from the Latin word, therapīa and the Greek word, θεραπεία.
Means “curing” or “healing.”
Therapy is one of today’s frequently used buzz words. We read and hear about how therapy helps and can be used with mentoring and coaching to enhance and improve our lives. As women, much of this messaging is geared to us as we are constantly told that we need to “be great,” “live our best lives,” or we’re hit with a barrage of pop culture euphemisms, song lyrics, and social media posts that permeate our headspace.
Therapy is presented as being great for women. That is, until women actually seek it and start the process of changing and creating better lives for themselves
First, it’s the stigma: “I don’t want people to think I am crazy or have a mental problem.”
Then, the fear: “What will other people think in they find out?”
Then the flippant remarks and insults that come once people find out: “If you did (insert suggested action here), you wouldn’t have to go to therapy,” or “Something must be wrong with her.”
Today’s society presents a challenging dichotomy for women to be all the things it expects them to be, then penalize them when they express that those ways are essentially killing them.
That’s why I am here to tell women that first, therapy is not the “rock bottom” choice, people try to make it out to be. It is an avenue to insight, reconciliation, and ultimately, new beginnings for a more rewarding life. Women face the difficulties of traditional relationships and standards that are simply unrealistic and at times, extremely hurtful.
This is why women who desire or are contemplating therapy, need to tap into their bravery. Like the title states, B.R.A.V.E. women go to therapy. B.R.A.V.E. women are:
- Beautiful: Their lives are an authentic representation of the beauty that dwells within, which manifests outward.
- Resilient: Strong, fortified, and equipped. Even in their weakest moments
- Amazing: Creative, assertive, a force to
- Victorious: They are bonafide winners.
- Empowering: Their lives and passions inspire many to do more in their lives.
Tapping into that inner power and seeking the help needed is a boss move in itself. B.R.A.V.E. women know this, and their lives are better for it.
Here are some helpful tips to be B.R.A.V.E. and seek therapy:
- Research, research, research.: I can’t express this enough. Research now can save you from frustration later. Not all therapists are created equal.
- Block out the noise and make the necessary moves: Regardless of the noise from others, make the call. Schedule the appointment. Go.
- Do it sooner rather than later.: Again, do not wait. Research, schedule and go to your sessions as soon as you can. The newly reconciled you is waiting on the other side of this.
This is what many call “inner” or “spirit” work. The moves that we make during this time are crucial. Some will have to utilize mentors, coaches, and therapist in order to get to the other side. Regardless of how you build your village, the time to start is NOW.
Join me on my next podcast as I discuss therapy as it relates to women. Hope you can join me!