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Redefining Support: Prioritizing Your Mental Health Journey Despite Family Skepticism

Updated: May 17, 2023







Are you thinking about going to therapy, but your family isn't supportive of the idea? You're not alone. Many families might not believe in therapy due to cultural reasons, stigma, lack of understanding or simply being a first-generation family who have never tried therapy before. It can be really tough to go against what your family believes, but taking this step towards your own mental health and well-being is truly courageous.


It's understandable why some families might not be on board with the idea of therapy. In some cultures, mental health issues might be seen as a sign of weakness or as something to be ashamed of. In other cases, families may simply not know enough about therapy and its benefits. But here's the thing: seeking therapy doesn't make you weak or any less of a person. It's a brave step towards healing and growth, and you should be proud of yourself for taking it.




So, what can you do if your family isn't supportive of therapy? It might be helpful to have an open and honest conversation with them. Let them know why you feel like therapy could be helpful for you and share some resources or information with them so they can learn more about it. It might take some time for them to come around, but having an open dialogue can be a good starting point.


It's also important to remember that therapy is a personal decision, and you don't need anyone's permission or approval to seek it out. You have the right to prioritize your own mental health and well-being, and no one else can make that decision for you. It might be tough to go against what your family believes, but ultimately, you need to do what's best for you.


Taking the step towards therapy is really meaningful. It shows that you're willing to do the work to improve your mental health and create a better life for yourself. It's not always an easy path, but it's one that can lead to a greater sense of self-awareness, resilience, and happiness.


If you're thinking about going to therapy but your family isn't on board, know that you're not alone, and that it's okay to prioritize your own well-being. You're making a brave and meaningful decision, and that's something to be proud of.


-Attiya

Founder Lenora PLLC

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