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6 Reasons for why you should start therapy

How Can Therapy Help Me?

This is a question that is often asked by people contemplating speaking to a mental health professional. if you're one of them -- this blog post is for you!


Psychotherapy, often known as talk therapy, is a means to support people who are experiencing a wide range of emotional problems and mental diseases.


What is therapy?

Psychotherapy or therapy can aid in reducing or managing bothersome symptoms to operate more effectively and promote healing.

The impact of trauma, disease, or loss, such as the loss of a loved one, as well as specific mental disorders like depression or anxiety are all issues that psychotherapy can help with. Psychotherapy or therapy comes in a variety of forms, and some of them may be more effective for particular concerns or problems than others. Medication or other therapies can be combined with psychotherapy.


What are the benefits of therapy?


  1. Therapy can help you learn life- long coping skills: Coping skills are anything that help you through difficult times. Therapists are educated and trained to help foster the natural coping skills everyone has. Therapists can also teach coping skills that might not be as innate. Attachment-focused therapists might ask their clients to think differently about how they interact with people in their lives. Person-centered therapists encourage their clients to treat themselves with unconditional positive regard and practice radical self-acceptance. Regardless of the modality of therapy, the idea is to bolster your personal strengths- often using evidence-based practices- the therapist has taught you.

  2. Therapy can make you feel happier: Talking over your past, present and future with a therapist can lead to greater self-understanding of who you are at the core. A related concept is self-compassion. Greater self-compassion helps you handle the bumps in the road that inevitably happen in life without getting stuck in a mire of negativity.

  3. Therapy can help improve chronic stress: The ways that therapy can improve long-term stress are numerous. A therapist can teach you methods of calming your body and mind, which might include techniques such as guided visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing and mindfulness. Therapists can also help problem-solve the sources of your stress and teach you stress-reduction techniques. They can introduce you to new concepts such as radical acceptance- that many things in your life are beyond your control and acceptance is the key to reducing your suffering.


Types of therapy


  1. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Cognitive Behavioural therapy or CBT, is often utilised to help people who struggle with negative thoughts or are looking to break a habit. In CBT practices, the psychologist must study a patient’s patterns of thinking and gain understanding of the origins of these patterns. CBT has been proved to be most effective for depression.

  2. Psychodynamic Therapy: This type of therapy focuses on self-awareness and self-examination. In this practice psychologists will guide patients toward exploring the causes of their behaviour and identify unhealthy behavioural patterns, if any.

  3. Humanistic Therapy: Humanistic therapy focuses on examining a patient’s worldview and how it affects their everyday choices. It deals with unraveling one’s true self, processing others’ criticism and realising self-acceptance.

  4. Psychoanalytic Therapy: Psychoanalytic therapy deals with understanding the subconscious or unconscious mind. This type of therapy helps you to go deeper to understand the unconscious mind to find the origins of unhealthy behaviours and work to eliminate them.

  5. Integrative or Holistic Therapy: Holistic therapy is an integrative approach to counselling based on principles of the mind, body, and spirit and addresses how issues in one aspect of a person’s lifestyle can affect other areas.

The article addresses the reasons to seek help and the major therapeutic approaches to counselling. Reach out to The Social Therapist to know more and start your mental health journey.



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