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Why Therapy is Important for Everyone

If you have a mental health condition (such as depression, anxiety, or addiction), there are many ways that therapy can be useful. In fact, mental health professionals often use therapy as a part of a treatment plan to help a person overcome the challenges of mental illness. For instance, therapy can help a person identify unhealthy thinking patterns, make better choices, and use healthy coping tools. Therapy is frequently used to assist with managing the symptoms of the psychological illness they are experiencing.

Yet, therapy is not only for those who have a psychological illness. Therapy can actually be useful for just about anyone with a concern in their life. In other words, you don't have to have a diagnosis to see a therapist. Most individuals need help with their relationships, career, self-worth, social skills, or unhealthy thinking.  

Working with a therapist provides you with the following benefits:

·Therapy gives a person the opportunity to feel heard and understood.

·A therapist can provide a safe relationship in which you can explore your feelings and thoughts.

·With a therapist, you can receive one on one attention for your concern.

·A therapist can provide specific ways to manage emotions and stressful circumstances.

·Therapy can help with identifying thoughts and behaviors that can contribute to emotional turbulence. At the same time, therapy can help you pinpoint new thoughts and behaviors in order to avoid that turbulence. 

·Therapy can help you move beyond experiences of the past. Some past experiences leave a trace of discomfort. A therapist can help you identify behaviors, thoughts, and emotions that keep you stuck in the past and facilitate your journey into the future.

·The support of a therapist can provide you with the social skills you need to have healthy and happy relationships.

·Therapy can facilitate clarity for you around a specific issue.

·In therapy, you can experience what it's like to have a healthy relationship.

·Therapists can see beyond your problems and hold the vision of the future you'd like to have.

 Although mental health therapy is commonly used when a person has a psychological illness, it has benefits for everyone - as listed above. Yet, some men and women are opposed to therapy because of the stigma that it carries. Nonetheless, therapy is intentionally made confidential so that your information is kept private.

And for others, therapy can be uncomfortable. There you are sitting in front of someone you don't have a long-standing relationship with and you're sharing your deepest thoughts and feelings. At the same time, because you're sharing your deepest thoughts and feelings, the strength of the therapeutic relationship can get stronger and then become a significant support in your life. In fact, therapy can be supportive in a number of ways.

If you're considering therapy, think about what you'd like to get out of the experience. Knowing that from the start can help create the experience you're looking for. You might also communicate that with your therapist from the beginning.  Over time, you may notice that therapy is supporting you in precisely the ways you had hoped. 


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