Why Go To Therapy?
Most people are curious about therapy, but may be reluctant to try therapy, perhaps because of the stigma or mystery that seems to be attached to psychotherapy. However, once one steps over the obstacle of making their first appointment, they quickly relax into the most natural, research-based, healing process available.
Psychotherapy is a talk-based treatment grounded on the relationship and collaboration between the client and the therapist. A trusting bond develops and within that trust, thought patterns, emotions and behaviors are identified. New insights, alternative outlooks, and new coping strategies are explored in a process that engages both client and therapist, with a goal of improving the client’s overall quality of life.
There are many research based and proven techniques used in psychotherapy. Therapy modalities may include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy to name a few. Although some therapies have been proven to be more successful given certain client diagnoses, the most important factor in the success of therapy is the quality and strength of the trusting relationship between the client and the therapist (PsycINFO Database Record ©2015 APA). The take away here is: seek and find a therapist that you feel comfortable, safe and understood.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2014, 43.6 million adults in the US were diagnosed with a mental illness. That number equates to over 18% of the US adult population and that figure does not include substance abuse or the adults that did not seek help from a mental health provider. What statistics like this do not seem to convey is that real people are suffering. These are not “crazy” people. These are your neighbors, your siblings, your spouse, your kids, your friends, and maybe at times, you as well. All of us go through difficult times in our lives and therapy has been proven to be our most effective treatment for mental unrest and suffering (PsycINFO Database Record ©2015 APA). Psychotherapy is a natural, proven process that provides a safe environment to reflect on one’s life, negotiate what changes might be helpful, discover a new balance, acceptance and healing in one’s life.