Some people wonder why they can’t just talk about their problems with family members or friends. Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a psychologist. Grounded in dialogue, it provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who’s objective, neutral and nonjudgmental.
Psychotherapy helps you understand that you can do something to improve your situation. Psychotherapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. This can lead to changes that enhance healthy behavior, whether it’s improving relationships, understanding and expressing emotions more effectively, improving performance at work or school, and/or thinking more positively about the self and life.
Psychotherapists have years of training and experience that help people improve their lives. And there is significant evidence that psychotherapy is a very effective treatment. The benefits you obtain from psychotherapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.
Some of the benefits of participating in psychotherapy include:
- The validation of knowing someone understands you and what you are going through, your goals and your values.
- Help with managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life.
- Developing skills for improving your relationships – learn how to listen to others, and communicate so that others listen to you.
- Discover resolutions to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy.
- Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety.
- Learn to manage anger, depression, and other emotional pressures.
- Get “unstuck” from unhealthy patterns – break old behaviors and develop new ones.
- Learn new ways to solve problems.
- Improve your self-esteem and boost your self-confidence.