Unfortunately, there are a number of significant misconceptions about therapy. The biggest is that it’s only for those who are in dire straits and in obvious need of help. Therefore, if you’re successful, you don’t need therapy…
However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The reality is that everyone can benefit from therapy. That’s because it functions as a way of finding out more about yourself and identifying ways to improve. And in this regard, successful people are driven in ways that many others aren’t.
What’s more, experiencing success doesn’t make you immune to depression, stress, marital problems, emotional issues, parenting problems, anxiety disorders, burnout, addiction or any of the several other reasons for which individuals might pursue therapy or counselling.
Below are seven reasons why successful people too can benefit from either therapy or counselling.
1) To help manage or reduce stress
It goes without saying that successful people have the most obligations to juggle. As a result, they can feel under intense pressure in order to maintain their success. This can create a high level of stress which can, over time, become overwhelming and take its toll on both mental and physical health.
Through therapy, individuals can formulate mechanisms to help reduce their stress and any anxiety and strike a balance between enjoying life and achieving their goals.
2) To adapt to new levels of success
Getting to the top is just the beginning. Maintaining success or transitioning to a new level might require a completely different set of skills.
People who are entering into different phases of life need to be able to adapt and learn new patterns of behaviour. Certain beliefs and behaviours might have served you well in the past, but sticking to old habits can hold you back. Therapy can help you evolve and integrate new ways of seeing and doing things.
3) To help with non-business problems
Being successful in business or financially doesn’t make you exempt from succumbing to other issues. For example, your business could be thriving while you deal with substance abuse or relationship issues at the same time.
Seeing a therapist can help you to deal with these problems so they don’t affect your professional life too.
4) To ensure a lack of motivation doesn’t become costly
Generally speaking, people are either moving forwards or backwards. When a successful person believes they have achieved all they can, this is often when things start to go wrong.
This is why if you have already reached your goals, you need to select new ones. A therapist can help you to figure out the drive and underlying motivation behind your success and decide what these new targets can be to ensure continued success in the long term.
5) To understand what brings happiness
Some people who achieve success do so with misplaced expectations. They might, for example, believe that poverty was the root of their problems. Then, when they become rich, they’re still not happy.
This scenario frequently occurs – people get what they always wanted, but are not satisfied.
Therapy can help individuals to re-evaluate their perspective, understand that their value as a person is not connected to their net worth, and learn what people need instead of simply what they want.
Simple changes can bring huge rewards. If you’re looking at your goals with misplaced expectations, the end result will have little value.
6) A chance to dispel insecurity about your success
Many successful individuals feel insecure about their success. Some will constantly attribute their success to luck, rather than their ability, and feel like a fraud who is unworthy of their success.
This is often referred to as ‘impostor syndrome’. This persistent feeling of not being good enough can be problematic and result in other issues such as anxiety, depression or addiction.
Speaking with a therapist can help an individual to align their feelings with the facts about their achievements.
7) An opportunity to be yourself
Successful people often aren’t able to show their ‘real’ self – not even to their family. Maintaining a facade is part of daily life.
However, people need to be able to communicate freely and speaking with a therapist presents such an opportunity. During sessions, they can talk about things that they can’t discuss with anyone else. This can help enormously to relieve stress and put an individual at ease.
Therapy and recovery at The Place Retreats
The Place Retreats in Bali has extensive experience in dealing with the struggles experienced by successful individuals.
Our Individual Retreats are for people who want to recover, renew and revive themselves in a luxurious and lush Balinese resort, under our expert guidance. Guests can expect a transformational experience in which they will be supported, guided and nurtured by renowned and highly-esteemed practitioners of psychotherapy, meditation, yoga and bodywork.
With therapy sessions and both Kundalini and Yin yoga guided by our experts at The Place, perceptions and belief systems that filter and shape reality are changed, allowing guests to view their world with a brand-new perspective and outlook.
To learn more about our treatment programmes, please contact us and take the first step on your healing journey.