What is therapy?
Therapy is a common method of treatment for mental health disorders and other emotional or mental burdens. Often used interchangeably with the word "counseling," therapy is a way to understand yourself and your proclivities on a deeper level. This self-awareness often leads to long-lasting changes within people, an important aspect of the therapeutic process.
Research has reliably demonstrated that those treated in therapy have better outcomes (e.g. less anxiety, greater overall life satisfaction, etc.) than those who do not seek help. Talk therapy can be utilized as a stand-alone treatment option, or it can be used in conjunction with medications to treat mental health disorders. In most research studies, the best treatment outcomes for people with mental health disorders emerge from a combination method of both medication and talk therapy. Of course, medication is not suited for everyone, so it's important to recognize that therapy is a viable, effective alternative.
It's important to cultivate a good relationship with your therapist. You want to be able to trust and connect with your therapist, and we understand that sometimes the therapeutic relationship just isn't the right fit. If that happens, as it naturally will from time to time, I will work hard to find you a therapist with whom you'll connect with and feel comfortable with. Your well-being and progress is always my main concern.
Thank you, Sarah, for giving us a safe space to talk and focus on our true feelings, and also reminding us that we can create this space on our own, wherever we might be. I never thought therapy would be for me, but you've changed my view. Thank you for everything!