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  • Writer's pictureLife Coach Lakisha R. Austin, LICSW, MBA, MSW

The Truth About Therapy With Dr. Sherika Alford

From episode: Making the Shift to SELF featuring Dr. Sherika Alford

Therapy, to me, is a crucial and transformative process that serves as a reality check and reset for individuals seeking support and growth in their mental and emotional well-being. As an educator, a woman, and a business person, therapy plays a significant role in helping me maintain balance and navigate the challenges that life throws my way.

In the context of my role as an educator, therapy allows me to understand myself better, addressing any personal issues or biases that may inadvertently affect my teaching methods or interactions with students. It enables me to be more aware of my emotions and responses, promoting a healthier and more empathetic learning environment for my students.

As a woman, therapy provides a safe space to explore and express my feelings, experiences, and challenges in a non-judgmental setting. It helps me understand how societal expectations, gender roles, and personal beliefs can impact my mental well-being and shape my perspectives. Therapy empowers me to break free from negative thought patterns and build a stronger sense of self.

As a business person, therapy aids in managing stress, making important decisions, and handling professional relationships more effectively. It offers a valuable opportunity to assess and address any mental barriers or anxieties that might hinder my entrepreneurial endeavors. By working through these issues, I can enhance my focus, creativity, and problem-solving abilities.

The idea of a "person or thing" in therapy refers to the therapeutic relationship and approach. Finding the right therapist is essential, as not every therapist will be the best fit for every individual. Just like we have different personalities and preferences, therapists also have their unique styles and approaches. It is crucial to connect with a therapist who resonates with you, someone you feel comfortable with, and who can understand and address your specific needs and challenges.

In some cases, people may also find solace and support through therapeutic techniques, practices, or even outlets like art, nature, or physical activities. These can serve as therapeutic "things" that contribute to one's mental well-being and growth.

In summary, therapy is a dynamic process that allows for personal growth, self-awareness, and healing. It helps us recognize and address our mental and emotional struggles, regardless of whether they are severe mental health conditions or more common fluctuations in mood and disposition. By embracing therapy, we normalize conversations around mental health, debunk stigmas, and create a healthier, more empathetic society where seeking support is seen as a sign of strength and self-awareness.

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