By Noelle Thomas
Posted on October 26, 2018
Therapy is for everyone. How often do we see therapy portrayed in movies, TV, and other forms of media influence as somewhat of a last resort—an action someone takes when they are at their wit's end, but that can't be farther from the truth. I personally can attest to the fact that finding a therapist, no matter what stage of life you are in, can only help your thoughts and feelings. As someone who has been to therapy during some obviously rough times as well as during great times, I’d put money on the idea that anyone can benefit from the wonders of therapy--no minimum or maximum admission requirements.
I was 13 when I was first put in therapy—at the time that first session was largely out of my control—yet 30 minutes into the session, I was already eager to book my next appointment with the therapist. It was my saving grace at a time when nothing else was breaking through. I continued to receive treatment over the next couple of years but slowly didn’t feel the urge anymore. Flash forward to brighter, arguably better times in my early college career, I decided to go back for some therapy sessions. This time as support during a major transitional and growth-filled period of my life--AKA college. When some of my new college friends (having only known the “happy me”) found out I was in therapy, they innocently asked, “why? You seem so happy?!” And they were exactly right. It was at that moment I realized that therapy has assumed admission requirements! Many people believe that therapy is for a certain kind of person dealing with problems or a certain kind of mental state. This prevents a lot of people from getting the support they would benefit from—mental health issue or not. As someone who’s used therapy as a mental tool during sunny days and during showers, I can attest to the fact that no matter who you are or what your experience is, therapy is there for you.
Alison LaSov, LMFT
Alison LaSov is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with experience treating clients struggling with anxiety and depression. She predominantly focuses on mental health intervention for children and adolescents, particularly those who are in crisis. She has worked within the Los Angeles education system treating students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), as well as supervised a non-profit Teen Crisis Hotline out of Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Alison earned her B.A. from UCLA and M.A. from Pepperdine University. She is a native to Los Angeles and co-founder at Advekit.