Many of them recognize that they have untapped growth potential and they want to live the most vibrant and unlimited life possible. They know first hand that the static of emotional clutter gets in the way of their professional and personal potential, and they want to clear the obstacles.
Not convinced? Here are just a few reasons why my high functioning clients have told me they seek therapy:
1. A neutral partyMany highly connected people struggle to find a neutral audience where they can discuss ideas and concerns. Employees, peers, and even family members often have a vested interest in the outcome of their decisions. Their support system's good intentions can turn into a suffocating environment for emotional processing. A neutral third party can be an invaluable asset when diving into loaded topics.
2. A safe spaceIn the same way, high achievers often have high stakes on their emotional and mental well being. There are often real consequences (lost security clearance, damage to reputation, or fearful stakeholders) if word gets out that they aren't okay. Often, a confidential setting is the only place they can truly let their guard down and get to the heart of the matter. Idle gossip can have far-reaching consequences for those in the public eye. They would rather have the safety of a separate space.
3. Expertise they don't have
4. Augmentation of supportIt takes an observant and resourceful person to realize that sometimes we have tapped all our resources. Our support system can only serve us well if it isn't maxed out, and it has a limited capacity. My well-resourced clients know when their support system has had enough, and (instead of accepting that limitation) they empower themselves to reach out for what they need to thrive.
5. Blind spotsThose who have achieved high levels of success know that strong emotions can create blind spots. They recognize that their own perspective can be limited by what is in front of them. In their professional endeavors they have seen the merits of bringing in fresh eyes for an old problem. Mental health is no exception.
Maybe it's time we stop seeing therapy as the forum for the very lost, and instead recognize it as the think tank for those who wish to remove limitation and drag.