Ever wonder …Why does therapy work?

When most of us start seeing a therapist, we are seeking solutions to something or help with a particular person/issue or support during a difficult life transition. What makes therapy work is the honoring of your unique and precious path that only you can walk and share with others. In therapy, the time is devoted solely to your healing and growth.

By attuning to your path, a therapist can gently support you as you explore ways to bring you closer to your authentic self. Therapy provides support as you find your way through stressors. Therapy works because you have found a safe place to invite every emotion, without judgment. Staying curious, open and present, the atmosphere for healing and solution-finding arises.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than a quarter of American adults experience depression, anxiety or another mental disorder in any given year. Others need help coping with a serious illness, losing weight or stopping smoking. Still others struggle to cope with relationship troubles, job loss, the death of a loved one, stress, substance abuse or other issues. And these problems can often become debilitating.

Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a therapist. Grounded in dialogue, it provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who’s objective, compassionate and nonjudgmental. You and your therapist can collaborate  to identify and change the thought and behavior patterns that are keeping you from feeling your best.

By the time you’re done, you will not only have solved the problem that brought you in, but you will have learned new skills so you can better cope with whatever challenges arise in the future.