Benefits and Challenges of Psychotherapy
Most people find that therapy is helpful. Many people begin to find relief to their emotional pain. People who are depressed may find their mood lifting.Those who suffer from anxiety may find themselves feeling less overwhelmed or afraid. Others may find their relationships and coping skills improve.
Psychotherapy can also be challenging. Approaching feelings or thoughts that you have tried not to think about for a long time may be difficult. Making changes in your beliefs or behaviors can be scary, and sometimes disruptive to the relationships you already have.
Studies have shown that, on average, those who receive therapy for their difficulties feel significantly better than 75% of those who don’t. Research also consistently suggests that emotional and physical health is very closely linked and that therapy can improve a person’s overall health status.
Psychotherapy presents an opportunity for you to:
- Accept yourself as you are, without needing the approval of others.
- Improve marital relationships and child parent communication.
- Create the courage to live your life the way you want.
- Overcome the fears that are holding you back.
- Develop peace of mind and body by reducing the stress in your life.
- Replace unproductive long-term “coping strategies” with healthier ones.
- Stop self-destructive and addictive behaviors.
- Free yourself from needing to prove your worth.
- Enjoy healthier relationships by learning to love without expectation.
- Heal emotional wounds from the past.
- Learn how to consistently honor your commitments to yourself and others.