Real Worth – The Practical Side

If you follow the path of the majority of your time and money at the end you will find what is important to you. The thing you value most. If health is important to you, you may spend a large portion of your days exercising and buying and cooking healthy foods. If fashion is important to you, you may spend much of your income on clothes and shoes, as well as your hair and makeup. If giving back is something you greatly value, you may spend a lot of your time volunteering and/or donating to charities. You get the idea.

So, why is it so many of us have no reservations about paying for things like a new car, a gym membership or a new handbag, but start to tense up when we think about paying for psychotherapy? Why do we work so hard to spend money on things that provide great self-care—things like gym memberships, healthy foods and vacations—and then act almost as if therapy is a luxury when in fact it too is an essential part of good self-care.

When I was young, I did not understand what people meant when they said “if you don’t have your health you don’t have anything.” Now that I am getting older, I totally get it. The same is true for emotional health. If you are not emotionally healthy, you are not healthy. Period.  You are not living your life to its fullest potential. Moreover, no matter how else you care for yourself in the ways described above, if you are not emotionally healthy you will always know (deep down inside) that something is missing.

If you are feeling anxious or depressed, if you have experienced loss of any kind, or if you are struggling in one or more relationships, a mental health counselor can help you.  Whatever stressors you are facing, a therapist can help get you unstuck so that you can experience all of the peace, joy and success available to you in life. There is nothing more important than your health. Please call Life Enhancement Counseling Services today at 407-443-8862 to make an appointment.


Yolanda Brailey