Many people talk about how helpful their counselor or therapist is, and maybe you are wondering if you should speak with a counselor, too. The answer to that question is very personal. But if you are asking yourself that question, it could be that you feel you may have something positive to gain from therapy.
7. To address sleep issues. Insomnia is a common sleep disorder. It can make falling asleep and staying asleep difficult. Getting too little sleep or irregular sleep can take its toll on both mental and physical health. In therapy, you may address thoughts, behaviors, and feelings that are underlying causes of sleep problems. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia is often called CBT-I. It is considered an effective treatment for sleep problems.
8. To treat the effects of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. If you experience trauma, therapy can help you recover from its effects. People respond to trauma differently, so a therapist can help you find the right treatment plan for you. A trauma-informed therapist can help address distressing thoughts and feelings that are related to trauma. They can help with behaviors and symptoms resulting from trauma, such as sadness, fear, anger, avoidance, detachment, and more. A therapist can also help rebuild self-esteem that may have been affected by trauma.
9. To work through times of change and transition. You may want to make positive changes in your life. A therapist can help you consider your goals and motivations and work with you to find healthy behaviors as you progress towards your goals. Sometimes changes and transitions—whether your choice or not—can be challenging or require taking new steps to navigate them. Therapy can be helpful when you choose to make changes or find yourself needing to adjust.
10. To develop more positive behaviors, thoughts, and feelings—and to change unhealthy patterns. Sometimes negativity can interfere with relationships, everyday life, making progress, and overall well-being. A therapist can help you identify and reshape negative thoughts through cognitive restructuring. During cognitive restructuring, a person can discover, identity, challenge, and modify or replace negative thought patterns. Through behavioral therapy, people can find ways to change negative or unhealthy behaviors.
There are other situations when therapy can be very important, and seeking help can be in the best interest of the health and safety of you and your loved ones, such as having feelings of extreme highs and lows, dramatic changes in eating habits, or concerns about disordered eating, abusing substances such as drugs or alcohol, intense anger, delusions and hallucinations, social withdrawal or isolation, prolonged depression, excessive fears or worries, a growing inability to cope with everyday challenges and activities, or suicidal thoughts.
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thinking, please reach out for help immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year. It provides free, confidential support for those in emotional distress or suicidal crisis. The number is 1-800-273-8255. There is also an online chat option on the website. Additionally, if you or someone you know is experiencing any crisis, you can connect for free with a crisis counselor at the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
How Effective is Therapy?
Research shows that talk therapy, also known as psychotherapy, is very effective. Hundreds of studies have found that therapy effectively helps people make positive changes in their lives—approximately 75% of people who go to therapy benefit from it. The average person who goes to therapy feels better by the end of treatment than 80% of people who don’t receive treatment. Each person’s experience with therapy will be different. Sometimes therapy can be effective in as few as six sessions, while other times, it may take longer. A trusting relationship between the therapist and the client can help with the effectiveness of therapy, so finding a therapist who is a good fit for you can be important. An effective therapist can bond with you and collaborate with you to help you reach your goals. Hundreds of studies show that a collaborative relationship between a therapist and a client relates to therapeutic progress and effectiveness.
Connecting with a Therapist
Whether a therapist is a good fit for you is very personal, but in general, an effective therapist will be someone you feel comfortable with and have a good rapport with. With a therapist, you should feel safe and not judged. An effective therapist will use evidence-based therapy (strategies that are backed by research). They’ll provide clear communication and feedback and regularly check in with you about how you think you’re progressing. Working with a therapist who is experienced in the areas you want to address can help with the effectiveness of therapy.
There are many different therapy and counseling options, such as marriage and relationship counseling, family therapy, individual therapy, and group therapy. Therapy has been shown to improve emotions and behaviors. It is also linked to positive changes in the body and brain. At ReGain, you can connect with licensed mental health professionals. ReGain offers convenient, discreet, affordable access to therapy, which can help you live an emotionally healthy life.