Therapy and counseling can be a healthy, effective solution to some of the challenges life brings. Instead of keeping growing mental stress to yourself or ignoring the symptoms, it can feel good to have a safe space where you can share your feelings with a skilled professional.
The benefits of therapy extend far beyond stress relief, however. Talking about your problems with a professional can have a major impact on your well-being; research has proven that verbalizing your feelings produces therapeutic effects in the brain.1 In this article, we’ll look at a few factors that contribute to the power of therapy and counseling.
Solving Problems Together
One major benefit of counseling is that it can give you new perspectives on your problems. It can be difficult to view a situation from every possible angle when you’re deeply immersed in it. Talking to a therapist can help you figure out how to handle difficult situations or hardships in your life.
In therapy, you can learn to look at an issue from a fresh angle; you and your therapist can also work together to develop a strategy for tackling the problem. You can even work with a therapist to figure out how to make important life changes or move closer toward your goals.
Therapy and counseling can help you become more conscious of yourself, developing a deeper understanding of your thoughts and reactions. Your therapist can help you pinpoint the triggers and thought patterns that fuel certain behaviors.
When you’re armed with this greater self-awareness, you’ll be better equipped to change the way you respond to these triggers. As Aristotle said, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”2
Not only does counseling help you understand yourself better, but it can also give you new insights into your relationships. All relationships require some effort to maintain, and it’s normal to hit a rough patch from time to time. The little everyday stresses of life can put a strain on even the healthiest of relationships, and major stresses can put a relationship in jeopardy. In many cases, the lines of communication break down, and the people in the relationship no longer feel connected to each other. Therapy can help both parties understand each other better, communicate more effectively and reconnect.
The power of therapy is strong, and most people could probably benefit from counseling at some point in their lives. Therapy allows you to understand yourself and others better, and it can help you make positive changes in your life.
If you’re struggling with an unexpected challenge, there’s no need to carry the burden by yourself. At Mazzitti & Sullivan, our counselors are ready to listen and help. Call us today for more information or to schedule your first appointment.