While I'd love to live in a world where going to therapy is akin to getting an annual physical, making the decision to see a mental health professional is anything but simple. The stigma surrounding mental health makes many people fear that seeking therapy brands them as self-indulgent, high-maintenance, or, at worst, "crazy."
Prospective patients also have to consider finances and potential scheduling conflicts. Many insurance companies fail to provide adequate coverage for mental health services, while many therapists work within the standard 9-to-5, Monday-through-Friday window.
Despite these very real barriers to entry, we're of the opinion that therapy and mental health maintenance in general can be vitally powerful tools in your wellness arsenal. If anything, being able to identify a need for therapy and take the necessary steps towards self-improvement shows incredible maturity, strength, and self-awareness.
To get an idea of what navigating the world of therapy actually looks like, we spoke with four women who have done just that. Find their unfiltered thoughts, fears, and advice about therapy below.