Are you struggling with a problem and wondering whether therapy really helps?
Ask yourself, are you content with the way things are now? If you are grappling with issues like anxiety, depression, PTSD, or even a spiritual crisis, participating in therapy could help you find the answers that you are looking for.
Why Should I Go to Therapy?
Good question! Going to therapy is a personal choice for each individual. However, for whatever reason, you may have come to a point in your life where things just aren’t working. These could include:
- The way you handle (or don’t handle) your emotions.
- How you relate to other people.
- How you connect (or don’t connect) with people who are close in your life.
- Feeling like you don’t have control over your thoughts or feelings.
Whatever it may be, the result is that you may be finding it difficult to work or stay employed. Maybe you are struggling to express yourself to others. Or perhaps issues like as anxiety have taken such a toll, that you don’t feel like you can function “normally.”
Does Therapy Help Me Be Happy?
Therapy is not an answer to finding happiness. It can help you get to the root cause of why you feel the way you do. This can take time, and may not lead in directions that are pleasant. Yet, by going on this journey, you can get to a place where you will find not happiness, but, perhaps resolution for whatever issue troubles you. The advantage of working with a therapist is that you do not have to take this journey by yourself, but instead, receive the guidance of someone experienced with these kinds of issues.
What Happens During a Therapy Session?
That depends on what you are struggling with specifically. You can expect an environment that is private and interactions that are nonjudgmental. A therapy session is an opportunity to be honest with yourself and to trust someone else with what troubles you. You should expect to work with a therapist who is professional, compassionate, and understanding. In addition, you have the chance to practice therapeutic tools and learn new ways of communicating and experiencing your feelings in a healthy way.
What Kinds of Strategies Are Used in Therapy?
There are different kinds of methodologies that a therapist can use to help you achieve your goals. Some of these include:
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): A cognitive technique that emphasizes mindfulness, change, and acceptance. Grounded in Eastern traditions.
- Transpersonal Psychology: Incorporates traditional psychology with spirituality.
- Body Centered Psychology: Using the human body as a resource for addressing therapeutic issues.
Does Therapy Help With My Spiritual Development?
Yes, it can! Participating in therapy often involves taking a personal journey of your spiritual exploration. In the process, you will learn new things about yourself that go beyond your tangible concerns. The result can be a new awareness of who you are, perhaps even a change in the direction of your life that you weren’t expecting. This can be broken down into three developmental sections:
- Spiritual Awakening: Becoming aware of your spiritual nature.
- Spiritual Growth: Getting in touch with your spiritual nature.
- Spiritual Transformation: Integrating your spiritual nature into your life.
Does Therapy Help?
It can if you let it. If you fight the process, it can be difficult for you to learn the lessons you need to learn in order to address your issues. By having a degree of acceptance, you can allow yourself to be more open to change and growth.
If you are struggling with an issue in your life, consider the benefits of therapy. Take a journey of reflection and contemplation, then you and your therapist together, can find resolutions to your issues.