Why might someone choose therapy?

The reasons are as complex and diverse as the people who seek it out.

  • Support in understanding and reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Process trauma and/or grief
  • Learn to communicate effectively
  • Gain tools to manage difficult emotions
  • Develop new coping strategies for life’s hardships
  • Vent frustrations to an impartial person
  • Take a deeper look at thoughts and behavior patterns that are no longer as helpful as they once were
  • Build self-esteem, resiliency, and self-compassion

  • Strengthen bonds and trust
  • Explore relationship patterns and dynamics
  • Clarify and establish boundaries
  • Practice effective communication
  • Process conflict and increase understanding between partners
  • Navigate the ending of a relationship

The goals listed above are just a few examples of therapeutic potential.

In all circumstances, therapy is an investment. 

Ultimately, the decision to enter therapy takes courage. It is a process that is slow and sometimes messy. You may encounter parts of yourself that have been pushed aside or buried, in an attempt to fit into your family or mainstream society. You may be encouraged to allow difficult emotions to surface, as you gain resources for working through them. It may not be easy or comfortable at times, but with the guidance of a therapist whom you trust, psychotherapy can be deeply rewarding.