Updated: May 3, 2019
Every person on this Earth can benefit from therapy. Before you say “I don’t need therapy. I’m not crazy”, let’s discuss the benefits of individual therapy and how it literally can change your life for the better.
People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. One reason to go to therapy may be to learn how to live your life with a mental illness. Another reason is wanting to be the biggest, baddest, and best version of yourself.
Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. Here, clients explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, they work through challenging or heavy memories, they identify aspects of their life that they would like to change,they, set personal goals, and work toward desired change. Talk therapy is not just “talking about your problems”; it is also working toward solutions.
Here are 5 benefits of going to individual therapy.
Develop Fresh Perspectives About Life
Individual therapy allows you to explore habits, behaviors, and emotions that could be causing you harm, such as self-criticism, negative relationships, anxiety, and substance abuse. A therapist can help you to understand behaviors that are not serving you well and work with you to establish a fresh perspective about your life. A therapist is not trying to have you see the world through rose-colored glasses, but to help you find your key to living a meaningful life.
2) Improve Interpersonal Relationships
Individual counseling can help you improve the quality of your relationships with their loved ones, friends and the community. Your therapist can help you develop skills to be more “present” with those around you, to learn to listen to hear rather than listening to respond. If you have an untreated mental illness, this can wear on you and those around you. Therapy can help you to feel better and happier individuals make for happier relationships. Do you have difficulty working with your boss or tension with friends? Therapy can help you to address those challenges and develop ways to make positive and productive changes in your relationship.
3) Regain Sense of Self Empowerment
Therapy can also help you to take responsibility of your life and remember to move forward through challenges rather than feeling helpless and hopeless. Therapy will help you to identify parts of your life that you have 100% control over, as well as the parts that matter. You and your therapist will work together to build your self-empowerment arsenal, which will improve your level of effort and overall attitude towards your life. Anyone can tell you “get control over your life” but a therapist will work with you and support you while you learn the skills to do it.
4) Take Responsibility and Be Head Accountable
Confronting your issues with honesty allows you the clarity to understand their complexities, which will ultimately allow you to take responsibility for your life and your actions. Whether you’re struggling with a gambling addiction, substance abuse, eating disorder, or relationship issues, counselors provide a safe and comfortable environment for you to explore such issues and learn how to handle them. Additionally, counselors will help you to hold yourself accountable for your actions, by owning them and finding solutions, instead of making excuses and blaming others.
5) Improve coping mechanisms
We hear the phrase “coping skills” all the time, but what is it exactly? Coping skills are the behaviors you engage in to deal with challenging internal or external situations. Examples of positive coping skills are meditating, exercising, and journaling. Examples of negative/harmful coping skills are trivializing big situations, excessive drinking, and self-harm. Working one on one with a counselor can help you learn positive coping mechanisms to deal with stresses of daily life. Improving coping mechanisms can lead to changes in all aspects of your life, including work, family, relationships, and health.
Think of your relationship with your therapist as a partnership. You and your therapist work on your problem together. Your therapist will use their knowledge and experience to guide the healing process, but you do the work and reap the benefits. If you’ve been wanting to make change in your life, but are unsure of the first step, see a therapist. You don’t need to feel ashamed or embarrassed about talking openly and honestly about your feelings and concerns.
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