"I've never found therapy to be a sign of weakness; I've found the opposite to be true. The willingness to have a mirror held up to you requires strength."
#1: Recognize Alternative Perspectives
Going to a neutral professional can offer valuable insight without the emotional charge we (and our loved ones) tend to bring to our experiences and issues.
Therapy works best when you're using it for maintenance. Going to a therapist for continued support instead of crisis management can greatly alleviate the severity and length of said crisis.
#3. FRIENDS + FAMILY ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS
As well-intentioned as loved ones can be, they may not have the capacity or expertise to handle your issues. A licensed professional helps people for a living and can offer substantially more rewarding results.
Allocating time to talk things through with a professional can help compartmentalize your stress points and find effective ways to actually reduce the stress.
#5. Cultivate Emotional Growth
Talking through issues with a therapist can help foster psychological growth while reducing the load of emotional baggage.