Therapy is a great resource that can boost your mental health and help shape your life and wellbeing. There are plenty of reasons to start therapy, and no two clients have circumstances that bring them to the therapy room that are exactly alike. However, clients’ motivations to begin the therapy journey tend to fall into four main categories:
- Problem solving
- Ongoing support
Clients seeking therapy as a space of introspection are looking to learn more about themselves.
The therapy room is a confidential, supportive space where clients can share thoughts freely, and the therapist can guide them to reflect on their inner world and experiences in previously unconsidered ways.
Increased self-knowledge can help clients navigate life more confidently, and promote connecting with relationships and experiences that align with their desires and values.
The need for problem solving can also bring clients to therapy – for example, a client who wants to work on overcoming a fear of flying or a client who needs extra support exploring the possible decision of making a career transition.
Together, the client and therapist identify how to build skills, increase insight, and create changes to alleviate discomfort and distress.
Tackling a specific mental or emotional challenge with the support of a trained professional can help turn an obstacle that once seemed insurmountable into a much more manageable task.
Some clients connect with therapy for ongoing support.
Clients who have noticed repeatedly struggling with anxious thoughts, irregular moods, difficult relationships, or other similar stressors may feel that having a therapist as part of their support system on an ongoing basis is the best choice for them.
In particular this may be true for clients who have experienced chronic or complex trauma, which must be treated in a careful manner with an emphasis on building trust between the client and the therapist – an approach that requires developing a strong therapeutic relationship over time.
A client also may start therapy based on instinct, an internal sense that this is an important step to take in their life. Sometimes clients come into therapy not quite sure what is urging them to do so, and yet important discoveries unfold over the therapeutic process.
If an inner voice is telling you to try therapy but you’re not sure why, I invite you to trust yourself and explore what therapy brings you.
No matter what your starting point, if you’re considering starting therapy talking it through can help make your decision – click the button below to book a free phone consultation, and let’s discuss your thoughts.