March 22, 2022 IsThisOCD

Lessons Learned in Therapy

Hi! It’s Emily! I’ve thought a lot about therapy and how it can elevate our lives. It has definitely helped me in my own life. Therapy can be used to work through specific events or disorders, but it can also shift our perspectives on life.

Part of being a human is experiencing the full spectrum of emotions in this life, even the painful ones. What tends to bring most people to therapy is the avoidance of some of our most uncomfortable feelings. We have all done it. The more we run, the more these feelings follow. Before we know it, we are on a never-ending rollercoaster ride that we did not sign up for. This can feel incredibly draining.

When we allow ourselves the space to feel it all, our experience is enriched. We can truly appreciate our joy when we’ve had to sit in our own darkness to find it. It can feel difficult and downright terrifying to feel all of our feelings, especially the distressing ones. But when we accept and allow what comes up, we change our lives for the better.

One of the most important components of therapy is the ability to acknowledge and welcome feelings. Whether we are applying Exposure Response Prevention Therapy or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, you will learn how to make space for all of your feelings and emotions. Although the journey to get to the point of acceptance can be hard, what lies beyond it is.