“I cant afford not to… [therapy] enabled me to get to grips with financials and stuff that has saved me more than the cost of therapy.” Unleaded, commenting on Guardian article entitled “Is Therapy Worth the Cost” .
One of the first complaints people have about counselling and psychotherapy is that ‘a therapist costs too much’.
While a good therapist can indeed charge a healthy hourly rate, there is another side to money and therapy to consider.
10 Reasons Therapy Helps You Make More Money
Can therapy help you get your life together to the point you are actually earning more money than before? We’d say a solid yes, and here’s our reasons why.
1. Your mind is clearer.
Does your ‘foggy head‘ mean you can’t excel at work or feel too ‘brain dead’ at night to plot out your future?
The raising of self-esteem this offers not only means you are more able to seek opportunity. It also means you can stop wasting money on things to gain approval from others and instead find approval within yourself.
3. You learn how to set personal boundaries.
Do you spend so much time doing things for others there is no time to take on that extra contract? Waste money on things you don’t even like or want but feel you ‘must’ participate in?
Therapy gives you the confidence and know how to say no without guilt or rudeness, and helps you know what you do and don’t want to say no to in the first place.
4. You waste less time.
Do you spend hours zoned out in front of the TV despite best intentions to get things done and organise your finances? Do you procrastinate?
When you deal with your issues instead of avoiding them, the habits that waste your time tend to drop away easily and you become more present. And the very act of going to therapy weekly gives you the support system to get things done – including your banking.
Can you just not stop spending? Or are you always broke because of a secret expense (porn, alcohol, drugs, overeating…)?
If you think a therapist costs too much, try an addiction. From shopaholism to drugs, alcohol and overeating, the drain on your finances is heavy. Seeking support to gain control of your addictive behaviour can mean a big savings, and not just with money. You’ll gain back physical health and energy, as well as mental clarity.
8. You learn the secret of living from your values.
Do you find work draining and boring? Wish you could understand what drives people like entrepreneurs to do so much with their time?
Personal values are the things that deeply matter to you – not to your parents, your friends, your colleagues, but you. Finally identifying your own personal values with your therapist, then making choices that align with your values, means you end up in a career where you finally understand what people mean when they say ‘it doesn’t feel like work’.
9. You get to the root of your behaviours around money.
Do you feel like you can’t break out of certain behaviours around work and money no matter how hard you try?
They ways that you think about money, the things you do to get it, and what you do when you have it are all learned behaviours. Trying a therapy that works with the past not only helps you find the roots of such patterns in your life but gives the tools and know how to break the cycles you are trapped in.
10. You can connect with others more easily.
Do you avoid the social events that could help your career? Or feel so overwhelmingly lonely you can’t function well at work?