Who needs therapy and why they should seek it?

In the 21st century, therapy is more readily received, but there are still stereotypes about the therapeutic process. Most individuals seek therapy from a more reactive standpoint. “I have a problem and I want it fixed yesterday.” The problem is the car and the mechanic is the therapist.
There are usually 2 types of individuals seeking therapy. One is looking to make sense of the current symptoms they may be experiencing (i.e: sadness, anger, depression, emotional dysregulation, instability in relationships, interpersonal conflicts) that can be a result of past and/or present environmental influences. The next individual is seeking therapy from a more proactive standpoint to prepare for events that may occur in life (i.e: premarital counseling, family planning, adoption/foster planning, life coaching).
The common denominators in both situations are the roles of the therapist and the individuals seeking therapy. The therapist is responsible for assisting individuals through the process of bridging the gap between the problem and the solution. Through this process, therapists encourage individuals to tap into their strengths, putting them in the driver’s seat as they determine the outcome of their lives.
Now it’s time to hear from you! What are some of the other reasons people should seek therapy? What are some possible solutions in encouraging people to seek help?

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7 thoughts on “Who needs therapy and why they should seek it?

  1. Sometimes someone knows their past history is getting in the way of moving on. It could be a failed marriage or unresolved parental issues. The important factor is to get help and therapy can be short or long term. It has to be a good fit so shop around, interview, check recommendations. Whatever it takes to live life as fulfilled as possible.

  2. Sometimes if a person is just stuck and needs a truly objective perspective, I would say therapy is a great choice. Personally having had the kind of healing I did through art therapy (not a traditional style of art therapy though), I strongly recommend getting away from the talk therapy and into the soul therapy that the art work and training offers. This is why I loved taking the biographical art coaching, as well, as our biographies speak so loudly and really help reveal so much about who we are and where we’ve come from in our lives. Thanks for sharing your post, Sharise, as it sheds a lot of light on choices people can make for themselves.

  3. I’m with Roz on this one. If you have behaviour issues that are stopping you from living a fullfilled and happy life, therapy can help tremendously. Sometimes it’s just talking so someone outside of your inner circle.

  4. Therapy is very beneficial and I know some people who use it for maintenance or self care once in a while. When working in stressful situations, such as at a funeral home or as a counselor, or foster care director or social worker. Such self care is very important. It helps to be able to discuss delicate matters with a third party who understands, won’t judge and who can help us see what we know in our hearts; though we may be too close to see it ourselves.

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