24 Things All Therapists Learn That Everyone Should Actually Know

Consciously Thinking Unconscious Thoughts Ups Your Own Power

“Many of our thoughts are unconscious and by making them conscious we can decrease the power they have over both our emotions and our behaviors,” Dr. Gail Saltz, MD, an associate professor of psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell School of Medicine, tells Romper by email. That might sound easier than you think it will be in practice, but working with a professional like a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other therapist, can help you figure things out.

Feelings Change Over Time

This might not be that surprising when you stop and think about it, but the way that you feel about something or the emotions that a specific set of circumstances might elicit can change — a lot — over time. Nothing’s set in stone.
“In the midst of some difficult emotions we may be experiencing, it can feel so hard and sometimes you may think that life cannot go on,” Celeste Viciere, LMHC, a therapist, author, and podcast host, tells Romper by email. “I have watched people during their difficult times and have seen them come out of it. Every time I am sitting with them, it reminds me of the fact that our emotions will eventually change, and to always stay focused on your goals and never lose hope. Having hope about your life can help you get through some really difficult situations.”

Therapists Guide, They Don’t Fix

You might think that a therapist’s job is to fix people’s problems, but that’s just not the case. Toni Coleman, LCSW, CMC, a psychotherapist and relationship coach, tells Romper by email that therapists are intended to guide those with whom they work.
“We learn that all the answers they need are inside them and our job is to guide and empower them,” Coleman explains…
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