Mental Health and Academia: Do Students Need Therapy?

I believe that the implementation of our educational training has been outdated. There are ways for programs to identify and implement essential areas of training that can avoid overburdening students. While still challeneging them. Students must understand that pursuing their own therapy aids in the understanding of their education and the field of psychology.

Graduate gatekeepers and practitioners can choose to advertise the pursuit of individual therapy for students. To this point, I believe all students in graduate programs (medical doctor, lawyer, researcher, business, etc.) should be advised to seek therapy to promote individual growth. The wellbeing/mental health of students is imperative. There is also extensive research in this area. Psychology programs in their own right have the best educational environment to adopt this view.

It would be great to know that by participating in my therapy, I would better serve others. However, my understanding of the use of individual therapy is not necessarily to help each of my clients. To me, individual therapy is most beneficial due to the overall experience. Choosing to participate in individual therapy as a student gives us a chance to experience the therapeutic process fully. Whether the experience was enjoyable, helpful, frustrating, dissatisfying, etc. it all means “something” to each person. Students should pursue their therapy specifically to be better for themselves. I believe individual therapy makes my role as a therapist easier. I often second guess my abilities and skills as I want to make sure I am learning from my mistakes. By participating in my therapy, I can talk about my insecurities and begin to explore them in real-time. We have so much to learn as a psychologist, and our education should not be the only source of creating growth.

With Intention.