Why do people come for counselling or psychotherapy?
A good therapist can help us cope with upsetting feelings and symptoms and change our negative behavioural patterns. People usually come for therapy because they are in emotional pain from which they want relief now, but also into the future. For some clients, it’s a temporary feeling of anxiety, stress or sadness that’s bothering them. For others, it’s looking for relief from an already long-term pain that they can no longer endure. People rightly see in the therapist someone trained in helping alleviate their condition and improving their quality of life.
Some of the areas where a psychotherapist can help:
- Understand your illness
- Define and reach wellness goals
- Overcome fears or insecurities
- Cope with stress
- Make sense of past traumatic experiences
- Separate your true personality from the mood swings caused by your illness
- Identify triggers that may worsen your symptoms
- Improve relationships with family and friends
- Establish a stable, dependable routine
- Develop a plan for coping with crises
- Understanding why things bother you and what you can do about them.
- End destructive habits, often used as a form of self-medication, such as drinking, using drugs, overspending or unhealthy sex.