The benefits of talking therapy
Everyone can use a little extra support from time to time. Sometimes specific things happen to throw us off balance and sometimes we find ourselves stuck in unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour. Research has shown that verbalising your feelings has a significant therapeutic effect on the brain. Taking care of your brain is as important as taking care of your body and talking about the challenges you face will improve your overall wellbeing.
It is long lasting
When you come to therapy, you’re not just working through your current problems. You’re learning to know how your brain works. You’re acquiring and integrating cognitive and emotional tools which will help you with all the stuff you encounter in the future. If you work to maintain these, the benefits of treatment will continue to grow over time and last far beyond the point of crisis
It reconnects you with your purpose and values
In the chaos of day to day life it is so easy to become lost and forget about the things that really matter to you; the places, people and pastimes that make you happy. Therapy isn’t just about talking about the areas you are struggling but about reconnecting with who you are and where you hope to be. Therapy can provide you with the guidance and support you need to move closer to the things that bring meaning to your life, particularly when you are depleted.
It offers perspective
When we are too close to a situation, we may not be able to see it in its true context. Therapy helps you contextualize the problem so you can see it and work on it without feeling overwhelmed.
It can help you figure out what the problem is
It sounds strange, but often we don’t even know what the problem is. Talking to someone not only enables you to gain perspective on the challenges you face but can help you understand exactly what it is you’re feeling. Exploring your feelings not only helps you understand subtle and often unnoticed emotions, but also helps you manage the strong and uncomfortable ones.
It is unbiased
Some of us have friends and family we can talk to and some of us don’t. While sharing your problems and vulnerabilities with your loved ones is all part of the deal, you can’t guarantee that their response will be without judgement and bias. Equally, you can’t expect them to always be available. A therapist’s role is to provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to freely explore your experience. It’s not about me, it's about you.