Therapy can help you overcome challenges and see a brighter future so I want to breakdown some of the reasons why you might seek counselling or therapy and address a couple of issues that hold people back from getting the support they deserve.
Types of therapy
First up, let’s look at the terminology being used. The words counselling and therapy are used interchangeably.
There are actually many different types of therapies and counselling; cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), and psychotherapeutic counselling which is the model I use.
These can also be known as talking therapies, which is the term used by the NHS to encompass the types of support available.
Asking for help or starting therapy is not always easy – before getting to your beliefs (conscious or subconscious beliefs), you have to open up, which can be challenging. But it is progress and there are many benefits.
Whichever type of therapy you choose it’s an interactive process because it is a two-way relationship between therapist and client to work together.
You shouldn’t feel embarrassed for having therapy. We all have mental health and we all go through emotional turmoil at one point or another. Being better equipped to move past challenges makes you strong and wise, not weak.
Five ways therapy can help you
1. End generational trauma
Deep routed beliefs, patterns of behaviour, and past pain can be passed down from one generation to another. Whilst societal changes can lead to different acceptable behaviours from that before us, generational trauma is a real issue.
Therapy can help you navigate these traumas so that you don’t pass them on further down the line. Let the book stop with you so you can set a new standard for your family or community and help future generations avoid the perils of that past trauma.
2. Solve problems
You can’t bury your head in the sand. Ignoring your problems doesn’t make them go away, and hoping they do is not a realistic strategy to deal with life and the inevitable challenges you will face along the way.
Facing up to your problems and developing positive coping strategies with the help of a therapist will help you to recognise and stop repeating patterns that keep you stuck.
3. Feel understood
We all have a human need to be listened to and understood and psychotherapy provides just that. A safe space for you to share what’s on your mind or a problem that’s bought you to therapy.
You will be listened to and acknowledged, and given the space and insights to work out how to move forward in a way where you feel empowered.
4. Create a better future
Therapy helps you uncover strengths and learn new skills that will allow you to deal with the challenges that arise in the future.
A successful therapy experience does not mean you are fixed – because you are not broken. It simply means you develop the resilience to deal with adversity so you can start to carve out a new future.
5. It’s just for now, not forever
Therapy doesn’t have to last for the rest of your life. Sometimes people don’t commit to therapy because they fear they will be stuck there for years.
Some clients I see for a few sessions and others are ongoing for much longer. This is something we can discuss at the beginning of your journey. Along with what you’re hoping to get out of the sessions, and when you’ll know that you’re ready to move on.
I’m here to guide and support you until you no longer need my support. At that point, I know I’ve done a good job.
If you’d like to enquire about psychotherapeutic counselling sessions in Suffolk or online, please do get in touch with me and let’s see how therapy can help you.