Why see a psychotherapist?
People seek psychotherapy for many reasons and challenges at different times of their lives. For example, some people seek psychotherapy because they have felt depressed, anxious, or angry for a long time. Others may want help for a chronic illness interfering with their emotional or physical well-being. Still, others may have short-term problems they need help navigating. They may be going through a divorce, facing an empty nest, feeling overwhelmed by a new job, or grieving a family member’s death, for example.
Often people say, I have lots of friends; I don’t need to see a psychotherapist. This may be true – they have many friends, but the difference between a relationship with friends and a psychotherapist is profound.
In any healthy friendship, each individual is responsible for their respective emotions and health. But sometimes, a friendship can slide out of balance, leaving one side feeling taken for granted, unheard or unable to say what they genuinely think for fear of losing the friendship.
In a therapeutic relationship, the focus is solely on you. There is no need for an exchange of care as you are the only individual seeking support objectively. Freedom can be found in letting one’s self go from the unspoken social norm of keeping things even.
In therapy, a person has the time and space to dive into the details of their difficulties without fear of being judged, feeling guilty, or at risk of exposing their inner world to someone they know socially. The weekly rhythm of therapy can become a reliable and consistent space, providing the opportunity for self-exploration and self-expression that may not have been previously available.
Psychotherapy offers the time and space to talk, explore feelings and express needs in a supportive, confidential and non-judgemental space. Many people find value in developing a deep understanding of the intricacies of their lives.
By becoming aware of our parts that we didn’t know existed, we can understand ourselves more intimately. In turn, our satisfaction in life increases because our actions, emotions, and thoughts come into greater alignment. Furthermore, by understanding our unconscious inner conflicts and relational patterning, we begin to lessen their impact on our well-being and our capacity to respond appropriately to life.
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