Despite stigma, therapy benefits everyone

By Abigail Allen
Managing Editor

Though many believe talking about their issues is pointless, therapy does actually help. Talking about one’s problems can put them in a whole new perspective and even help find solutions. Therapy is about learning how to identify, understand, and solve problems in a patient’s life, and therapists help accomplish those needs, using many methods to help each patient work through their individual problems.

According to the American Psychological Association, the APA, in what is known as psychotherapy, or talk therapy, “psychologists apply scientifically validated procedures to help people develop healthier, more effective habits.” Patients with anxiety and depression for instance, can have trouble dealing with stress and issues in their lives, so therapy is a way for them to learn how to handle it all.

According to an article in the Huffington Post, therapists who specialize in psychotherapy are “licensed professionals [who] focus on the long-term and work on ways to understand your thoughts, moods and behaviors,” and are very helpful in situations like depression and anxiety and losing a loved one.

Therapists are trained to help others with their issues, so they’re ready to help whoever walks through their door, and if they can’t help a patient, they’ll help find someone who can.

While it is true that therapy helps suicidal and mentally ill people handle their lives better, everyone can benefit from the right kind of therapy. According to the article in the Huffington Post, “research has shown that verbalizing feelings can have a significant therapeutic effect on the brain,” essentially saying that talking out one’s worries can help the worries appear less worrisome.

Therapy can benefit everyone in their own unique way. And with the right combination of exercises and treatments, therapy can help just about anyone who needs it.

According to the APA, many people see psychologists for a variety of reasons; some have had long-term problems like anxiety or depression, while others may be divorcing, handling stress of a new job, or grieving a loss, or even struggling with their children growing up and moving out, which are short-term problems, but just as difficult to go through as long-term problems, at least, without a therapist’s help.

There’s no shame in getting help from a therapist; it’s what they’re there for. It’s what they studied in college and are licensed to do. Some people get bullied for going to therapy for being “crazy,” and that’s just not accurate.

According to APA, therapy creates a calm, safe place to discuss one’s issues openly with a person who is neutral and non judgmental, basically like someone to rant to who won’t tell anyone your secrets, unless the safety of yourself or others is concerned. Therapy is simply a way for you to talk through your problems to someone who is scientifically trained to help you solve them.

Psychotherapy is a way for people to learn more about themselves and it can even exercise social skills and building trust.

According to the APA, “Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a psychologist,” who work together to identify problems and solve them.

A therapist is there to help you be the better version of yourself that you want to be. Therapists don’t judge you for your actions or opinions; they only want you to have the best quality of life that is possible..

Sometimes therapy is just the way to do it.


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