What is therapy and how can it help?

— Philomena Clarke

Therapy, often called Counselling or Psychotherapy, offers a safe and confidential space to explore, with a suitably qualified professional, difficult personal issues, those causing emotional pain or any emotional crisis which may have arisen in your life. Therapy provides a non-judgemental listening space where you can feel supported and understood and it is based on the assumption that all of us have within ourselves the capacity to make changes to our own lives for the better.

Therapy is a journey of exploration taken by the therapist and the client together, in order to gain insight and self-awareness and to find a way forward with difficulties in our lives. It is about empowering ourselves to take control over our own lives for the better. Through an alliance with your therapist, one based on trust, respect and compassion, you can gain self-understanding and recognise patterns and connections you may not have seen previously.

This likely will lead you to identify changes you wish to make either on your own if you feel strong enough or perhaps with the support of the therapeutic relationship until you feel more connected to your own internal strength.

Therapy can teach you better mechanisms for coping with difficulty and promotes more healthy behaviours thus providing more satisfying relationships in your life. Among the goals of therapy is the promotion of psychological well-being, both individually and in relationship with others, through self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-compassion.

Reasons you should consider therapy:

  1. Friends and family are your only support and outlet
  2. Self-care
  3. Create new coping skills
  4. Identify defence mechanisms
  5. Find a sense of meaning
  6. Realise other perspectives
  7. Work through trauma
  8. Build self-esteem and confidence
  9. Share in a safe environment
  10. Disclose to a non-judgemental professional