Why Do Therapy?
There are various reasons why people seek psychotherapy, but what’s likely for most people is that something isn’t working in their lives and desire for things to be different.
However, while seeking therapy has become more mainstream, there are still many people who believe that they have to “figure it out alone”.
WebMD cites research that indicates up to 50% of adults experience emotional difficulty at some point. In addition, they report that 75 – 90% of all doctor’s office visits are stress-related concerns or ailments.
According to a Consumer Reports article published in 2004:
Talk therapy rivaled drug therapy in effectiveness. Respondents who said their therapy was “mostly talk” and longer-term had better outcomes than those whose therapy was short-term or “mostly medication.”
Those who do engage in therapy often experience positive changes as they embark on a process of self discovery, and for the first time get supportive and compassionate feedback on their experiences, emotional functioning and decision making.
Therapy can be helpful for:
- Support for personal difficulties including, but not limited to, feelings of depression, anxiety, grief, sexual issues, and behavioural or substance dependence
- Develop self-awareness through the exploration and better understanding of thoughts and feelings
- Improve interpersonal and social skills
- Shift aspects in ways of thinking or behaving
- Work toward better life balance
- Explore difficulties and develop strategies for coping and facilitating changes
- Deal with difficulties in family, friends and work
- Work through relationship difficulties
- Ongoing personal development
In general, newer challenges may be helped with shorter term therapy whereas concerns that have spanned more time, and/or were highly traumatic in life will require longer-term therapy for lasting change.
Therapy is a personal decision and it is most effective when you have the right therapist with whom you can establish a good therapeutic fit and approach that resonates best with you.
Ultimately, it is an investment in yourself, your relationships and your future. Once you commit to the process, you will likely find improvements in your life and way of being.