Written by Alanna Gardner, MFT
This article was originally published on PhiladelphiaMFT.com. Be sure to check out their site for professional relationship and sex advice.
Millennials, or Generation Y, are individuals who are between the ages of 18-33. Their predecessors often criticize them for being self-centered, narcissistic, and entitled but millennials have proven to be driven, ambitious, and innovative; especially when it comes to developing ideas and entrepuernerism. However you want to categorize them, it’s becoming clear that millennials hold the key to the future. With that said it is important that millennials start their therapeutic journey sooner than later. Here are three reasons why millennials should start therapy:
1. Work Through Family Issues and Trauma
During the early 20’s and 30’s individuals are breaking away from their family and past issues to create their own lives. During the process, some recognize the impact that family issues and trauma have had on them. When not handled correctly, past issues can cause one to feel overwhelmed or debilitated; often leading to negative coping skills that cause more harm than good. Therapy gives millennials the steps necessary to be introspective about problems and effectively cope with trauma while also working through issues that pop up with family, friends, or romantic partners.
2. Build a Foundation for Healthy Relationships
Millennials are diving into serious relationships with some choosing to take the plunge into marriage and/or starting a family. Millennials can benefit from therapy by gaining clarity on what they want out of relationships, understanding how they function with partners, and how to maintain a sense of personal identity. Pre-martial counseling with a professional like a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), can help young couples practice the tools they need to have and maintain a successful marriage. The relationship skills built in therapy can also translate to non romantic relationships as well. Establishing healthy boundaries, often covered during therapy sessions, are needed to have effective working and familial relationships.
3. Learn Effective Coping Skills for Stress and Anxiety
With thousands of dollars in student loan debt and scarce job opportunities, many millennials are more stressed than ever. With the pressures of the world on their shoulders, millennials are becoming the front runners for anxiety and depressive disorders. Therapy can offer tools like Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to keep negative thoughts, emotions and anxiety at bay.
Therapy at any age is powerful but can truly be life changing and effective for those in their 20’s and early 30’s. They are creating and making decisions that will set the tone for the rest of their lives. Adding a therapist to their resources can provide clarity and direction while challenging them to grow in ways that can significantly improve their lives and relationships.