Autumn Prior hopped on the Michael and Maddie Show this morning for Therapy Thursday. The topic this week centered around helping parents cope with the stressful decision that has been put on their plates when it comes to their children returning to school in the fall.

I don’t have children just yet, so the message that I resonated the most with this morning came at the conclusion of the session when Michael asked the question, “Who is the best candidate for therapy?”

Autumn quickly responded, “Everyone is a candidate,” and that made me feel a little less embarrassed about attending therapy sessions.

I’m not good with emotions. I spent most of my life thinking that crying in public or complaining about anything were signs of weakness. I never wanted people to think I was anything but perfect. But when there were days that I felt an overwhelming sense of sadness or felt crippled with anxiety for no particular reason, I knew I needed guidance.

After one therapy session, I realized that there was a lot to unpack in my subconscious mind. Pain that I was holding in for years was seeping out in the present day without me even realizing it. I had a wonderful support system growing up, but parents, relatives, and friends tend to have opinions, and sometimes opinions are not what a hurting person is looking for. Being able to have a therapist act as a sounding board for me gave me so much mental growth, and I have seen big improvements in how I deal with anxiety.

I truly believe that anyone can benefit from a therapy session. I don’t consider myself depressed, and you don’t have to be to get something out of talking through whatever is going on in your life. And if you are depressed, I promise you, a therapy session will make you feel less alone and provide you with the hope that there are better days ahead.

Therapists are not all created equal, so it’s important to find one that you resonate with and feel comfortable with. In my opinion, therapy changed my life and I have become a huge advocate for mental health. If you have ever considered a session, I implore you to follow that curiosity and experience it for yourself.

If you are interested in a session, Autumn suggested

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