Benefits of Therapy
Talking to a trained and registered psychologist can help all sorts of people in lots of different situations.
Therapy works whether you are young or old, male or female, black or white, rich or poor. Your religious or educational backgrounds make no difference either.
Therapy is for anyone who is going through a tough time or has emotional difficulties they can't cope with on their own.
For many adults, therapy may be the same or more effective than medication.
How therapy can help
Sometimes it's easier to talk to a stranger than to relatives or friends. During therapy, a trained psychologist listens to you and helps you find answers to difficulties, without judging you.
The psychologist will give you time to talk, cry, shout or just think. It's an opportunity to look at your difficulties in a different way with someone who will respect you and your opinions.
Although there are lots of different types of talking therapy, they all have a similar aim: to help you feel better! Some people say that talking therapies don't make their problems go away, but they find it easier to cope with them and feel happier.
What therapy can help with
Talking therapies can help if you have, for example:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Body image, eating and weight difficulties
- Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Therapy after difficult life events
If you're going through a sad and upsetting time, therapy can help you deal with it. This could be after a relative or friend has died, after finding out you have a serious illness, if you're struggling with infertility, or if you've lost your job.
Physical illness and therapy
People with long-term health conditions are more vulnerable to depression, and therapy has been proven to help.
Therapy may improve your quality of life if you have, for example:
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Heart Disease
Therapy and past abuse
If you've been physically or sexually abused, or experienced discrimination or bullying, you may feel able to cope with life better after a course of therapy.
Therapy for relationship problems
Couples therapy can save a relationship that's in trouble or help you through separation and divorce. Ideally, a couple should go to therapy together, but if your partner refuses to join you, therapy can help you sort out lots of things on your own.
Families and therapy
Family therapy is therapy that involves the whole family. It can be especially helpful for children with depression or a behavioural problem, or whose parents are separating. It can also help families where someone has an Eating Disorder, a serious mental illness, or an addiction.
Therapy for children and young people
Therapy works as well for children as it does for adults. In some countries, therapy is recommended rather than medication for children who are depressed. It can also help children with anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or who are in physical pain much of the time.