Why Therapy? What are the Benefits and How Does It Work?
You have mental and emotional needs.
You’re not alone in that.
Nor are you alone in your need to have someone recognize those needs and respond to them appropriately.
Sometimes your needs and concerns are addressed quickly and all is well. You feel good.
Therapy can help.
It advises, soothes, examines, addresses, and inspires you internally.
And, often, you come to feel seen, heard, and known when you embrace the process.
Core needs are met. And you feel better.
Individual counseling is a special kind of self-care, the kind that can enrich your life as the life skills you learn become foundational, supportive, and an ongoing resource for improving your outlook and relationships with other people.
Don’t you just want to feel better?
Sometimes it takes scheduling a few sessions before you’re really sure.
Maybe depression, anxiety, or the stigma of receiving “mental health treatment” are thought companions you haven’t known how to release.
Maybe you feel stuck or resigned or scared of the whole therapy process.
You’re not alone if you’ve hesitated until now to consider the idea of therapy.
Yet, for some reason, you are considering it. Honor what’s going on inside you. You needn’t prolong suffering or dissatisfaction. Choose to be heard and helped toward your happiness.
What are the Benefits of Therapy?
- You’re taking charge. Reject the idea that you must suffer the effects of trauma, unproductive life habits and choices, and anxious or negative thoughts alone. Seeking and accepting help is the first wise step to feeling better and moving forward.
- Learn and grow. The professional you go to for help is just that, a helper. He or she is there to help you meet your life goals and answer the questions you have about yourself, so that you can learn, grow, and change. With help, you choose a path for yourself. You are always in the position to take responsibility for your recovery or life change in therapy. That’s how your personal power is restored.
- New possibilities. Individual counseling helps you feel less stuck and directionless. Much less time is spent worrying, debating, ruminating, or stuffing your problems. With a listening ear available, scheduled time to share, and therapeutic tools at your disposal, work on improving your thinking and decision-making starts to reveal new possibilities, improved relationships, and a better life.
How Does Therapy Work?
Therapy works best if you actively participate in the process.
The idea of individual counseling is to intervene as early as possible to prioritize your peace of mind, self-awareness, and self-compassion. This is best accomplished in individual sessions, with your chosen counselor, therapist, or psychologist.
During an individual counseling session, you’ll likely do the following :
- Talk about your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors and how you’d like them to change.
- Discuss responses, relationships, or circumstances that are bothering you.
- Work on identifying and setting goals with your counselor or therapist, such as ways to change thought patterns and behavior or learn new skills and ways to express emotions.
Your therapist may or may not give you homework for more life skills practice outside of your counseling sessions.
Before getting started, ask your therapist questions about his or her practice, training, and therapeutic approach. Talk about his or her expectations regarding session scheduling, length, and payment. It is important that you find a professional that is a good fit for you. The quality and comfort of your treatment is paramount.
Individual counseling is really a cooperative opportunity to get real with yourself.
Learn to understand who you are and why you are the way you are.
Investigate what you really think and the mysteries behind the way you behave the way you do.
As you take measures to resolve the problems that hold you back, you will likely find that they no longer keep you from feeling better, sharing more of yourself with others, and living the life you hoped for.
About me: I am Susan Chanderbhan, Ph.D., a therapist in Houston, Texas. I help people who are struggling in different areas of their lives gain the clarity they need to grow and change. To read more about therapy, visit my website: http://www.chandpsych.com/services/individual-treatment/