How does therapy or counselling help?
When we are feeling worried or overwhelmed sharing problems and concerns with a supportive person can help you feel better. There is truth in the phrase “a problem shared is a problem halved”. It feels good to be listened to and to know there is someone there who is interested and can help you find your way through whatever the problem is.
So, why talk to a therapist you might ask, why not talk to a friend or family member? Friends and family can be great to talk to about problems, but sometimes we need to speak to someone who is not emotionally involved, and can give a different unbiased perspective. When you need extra support, or need some expert guidance, talking to a therapist or counsellor can help.
This is not to take away from the support of family and friends, this too is important but therapy is different. Therapists are professionally trained listeners and are able to help you get to the root of the problem. We can help you overcome emotional challenges, and enable you to make positive changes in life.
What sort of people seek therapy?
It is a common, (but wholly inaccurate) belief that you have to have a mental illness to benefit from therapy. The greatest majority of people in therapy are there because they have challenges and experience daily concerns: Many people seek therapy because they have relationship problems, job stress, or self-doubt. Others turn to therapy during difficult times, such as a divorce, bereavement, or a loss meaning in life.
Therapy can help restore a sense of peace again. It is struggling through, holding onto stress and "stiff upper lip" thinking that can lead to mental health conditions. Therapy can be a life / relationship saving measure.
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