Have you ever asked yourself, “Do I need therapy?” Well, you’re not alone. Most people at one point in time or another have considered seeking out therapy or counseling. People might seek out therapy for a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, relationship problems or personality disorders.
Unlike in the past, many people are now finding it socially acceptable to seek out therapy services. This social acceptance about therapy is an acceptance of ourselves as human beings. It’s the acknowledgment that we all have problems, and that perhaps talking about these problems with a licensed professional may improve our quality of life.
According to a study by Psychology Today, nearly 30% of all adults, or one-third of the population have received some form of psychotherapy. Statistics reveal that there is a high probability you know at least one, or multiple people in your life who have at least been to a therapist once in their lives (even if they never told you).
Can Therapy Help You?
Although many people accept therapy as an acceptable standard today, there are still some that think therapy is only for ‘crazies.’ This notion that therapy is only for extreme cases of mental illness is completely wrong. Therapy has been proven effective for many issues that affect everyone including the not-so-extreme day to day issues we face. Some of these issues might be minor depression, minor anxiety, stress, marital, familial or relationship problems, substance abuse, grief and much more.
Therapy can help anyone who needs an outlet. It’s very liberating to be able to vent to someone on an objective level, someone who isn’t in your day-to-day life. In fact, many people who can benefit greatly from therapy are those that spend most of their time helping others. Often times people who are always sacrificing for others do not have a place for their own emotional outlet.
At the end of the day, therapy and counseling services work at improving your happiness and quality of life. We all have problems and struggle with our own issues, and having someone on your team who is actively helping you overcome these issues is always a positive asset.
What Are Your Options?
There are many options when it comes to therapy and counseling. For most people, traditional therapy works well with a licensed counselor. You can seek out local therapists or find a therapist that provides online services. Many companies today provide online therapy at a fraction of the cost of traditional in-person therapy. These online services work well for people who want to work on minor issues and mental blocks. Online therapists usually work by chatting over the phone, computer or third-party platforms.