Participating in psychotherapy can produce several benefits. Often just knowing that someone is listening attentively is helpful. The role of a therapist is to be non-judgmental and understanding. Talking to a therapist can give a fresh perspective on a difficult situation or help you discover new solutions.
Sometimes situations, even normal everyday events, can create stress. Stress may contribute to physical, relational, and emotional problems. A therapist can help you to identify the stressors in your life and learn new ways to cope with stress or lower your anxiety.
Major life changes at any age can stimulate fear and self-doubt. Children can experience stress in situations such as blended families, the birth of new siblings, the loss of a loved one, or changes in school environment. A therapist can help a child express feelings in verbal and non-verbal ways.
Young adults can experience stress even in events seen as positive such as graduation, weddings, new babies, and new careers. Participating in therapy may help smooth the way for life transitions.
Older adults face challenges such as health changes, career changes, parenting children and/or giving care to elderly parents. Therapy can help find resources and options within yourself and within your community.
Depression can be debilitating and isolating. Talking with a therapist can help you find the causes of depression and learn strategies to manage moods. Learning about depression and also becoming more self-aware can help you take charge of your life.
Relationship problems may stem from different expectations, interests, and backgrounds. Therapy can help you look at your communication style. Communication involves speaking up assertively and listening skills. Therapy can help you connect in a healthy way.
Benefits of therapy depend on the willingness of the client to become more self-aware. Self-awareness may come from recalling and talking about unpleasant aspects of your history or present situation, which may bring up unpleasant feelings such as anger, sadness or shame. Although it may be necessary to talk about painful or embarrassing subjects, the role of the therapist is to listen non-judgmentally and with understanding.
Participating in therapy can help you better understand yourself and your values and goals. A therapist can help you develop new skills and strategies for meeting life’s challenges. Therapy may help you overcome specific problems such as anxiety, depression, and relationship problems.