Some people seek psychotherapy because they have felt depressed, anxious or angry for a long time. Others may want help for a chronic illness that is interfering with their emotional or physical well-being. Still others may have short-term problems they need help navigating. They may be going through a divorce, facing an empty nest, feeling overwhelmed by a new job or grieving a family member's death.
However, because of the many misconceptions about psychotherapy, you may be reluctant or nervous to try it out. Overcoming that nervousness is worth it. That is because any time your quality of life is not what you want it to be, psychotherapy can help.
When considering psychotherapy, it is important to know that it could mean altering aspects of your life that are not working for you anymore or are contributing to your problems. Psychotherapy could even challenge your existing set of beliefs. For that reason, there are two important aspects to reflect on before starting a process. First, it is most successful if you are the person making the decision to come to therapy. Starting therapy to satisfy someone else's needs could delay your progress significantly. Second, a good fit between the therapist and the client is necessary to make an effective improvement. Just because someone you know recommends you one type of therapy or therapist, does not mean it will work for you. You are the one who have to decide whether someone feels right to you or not. Your gut feeling can be a good helper in this decision.
Reviewing the "Reasons to seek help,' 'First Appointment' and the FAQs sections could be useful if you want to learn more about initiating a process.