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The Benefits of Attending Therapy with a Counselor and/or Therapist

Updated: 15 hours ago

What are the benefits of attending therapy with a counselor and/or therapist? This is a common question we hear from individuals that have never attended therapy. In this article, we will discuss some benefits of attending therapy. Before anything though, I will say this. If you go into therapy thinking that you will not get anything out of it, you might as well save yourself some money and not show up! I would still welcome you with that thought process, but I would recommend you head into thinking that you might get something out of it.


Benefits of Attending Therapy

The counseling process is an educational and self-exploration process. While in therapy, the client will learn more about themselves and acquire some new skills along the way. Counseling can be learning more about a particular mental health diagnosis (such as depression or anxiety) by which the client is affected in order to have a better understanding of different treatment options.

Here are some examples of what attendees can get out of therapy:

· Decreased problems with daily living

· Increased sense of joy and contentment

· Improved relationships

· Improved functioning at work, often leading to financial stability

· Increased activity

· Decreased Social Isolation

· Improved quality of life and overall life satisfaction

· Improved interpersonal and communication skills

· Improved self-acceptance

· Improved self-esteem

· Improved self-awareness

· Practical skills for changing self-defeating behaviors and habits

· Improved expression and emotion regulation skills for negative emotions

· Improved mood stability

· Relief from depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions

· Improved self-confidence

· Improved problem-solving skills and decision-making skills

· Improved coping skills for managing stress effectively

· Improved skills for conflict resolution

· Skills for managing cravings, urges and desires with compulsive behaviors

There are several other examples of what you can hope to get out of therapy, but that is a good start to the list! Research has shown that learning how to verbalize feelings can have a significant therapeutic effect on the brain.


Getting your thoughts, fears, worries, etc. out in the open with a professional that is trained to help you manage them is a great thing for your emotional and mental well-being. Therapy can help you learn how to handle emotions from problems or stressors, even if they aren’t dramatically life-altering or traumatic. Research has shown that therapy is well-known for its problem-solving techniques and reputation as a resource for overcoming anxiety, depression and addiction. It’s also a way to establish improved emotional wellness in your daily life.

Working with a licensed and professional therapist and talking with them allows you to get a sense of how you appear to other people, helps you get feedback on whatever you’re feeling and can offer some insight to how these emotions are affecting your daily life.


Tip:

Talking about your problems and getting them out in the open allows you to work towards goals, improve self-confidence, peace of mind and a fuller and more meaningful life. A trained mental health counselor can help you in dissecting a problem and to help you figure out how to solve it. Therapy can help you to get “unstuck.” With the development of insight and increased self-awareness, people are able to gain a better understanding of their own behavioral and the issues, feelings and events that motivate them. The most useful benefit of therapy is improved health and well-being. People of any age can grow and profit from the experience of therapy.

Are you convinced that you might find therapy to be helpful? We hope that you are and that you will be willing to consider attending a session. Here are some steps you can take to move forward:


Here’s how to do it:

  1. Schedule an Appointment

  2. Read What to Expect in Your First Therapy Session

  3. Review the Frequently Asked Questions

  4. Find out where we are located

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