Whether it's anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply feeling you are not living the life you had imagined, suffering brings us to therapy. At some point we eventually discover we've developed behaviors that were once adaptive or self-protective, but no longer serve us, or that we are in relationships that bring emotional strain. Many of us feel alone with our suffering and haven't been taught how to address it. I find that meaningful change comes from compassionate focus on the parts of us that suffer.
It is normal to feel apprehensive or anxious about beginning therapy.
There are many influences that might stop us from attending therapy, whether that's stigma against people who go to therapy or our internal fears. It's my strong personal and professional perspective that every person would benefit from therapy. We are taught to measure our success by our material gains: wealth, looks, status, etc., but this approach often ignores much more important internal mental, emotional, creative, and interpersonal dimensions of who we are.
Therapy can help us develop self-acceptance, confidence, insight, and relief.
According to the American Psychological Association, extensive research has found psychotherapy to be effective for a wide range of issues.
Although psychiatric medication is useful and necessary for many mental health issues, it is not a one-size-fits-all treatment for every mental health concern. Much of what we struggle with was developed through earlier interpersonal relationships and requires an interpersonal response to address it.