Benefits of Seeing a Therapist
Therapy is not just for those who feel as though things are falling apart. Choosing to see a therapist can help buoy your daily life, providing clarity for the calm days, and empowering you with tools to help manage tumultuous times. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in 2019, 19.2% of adults in the U.S. received some form of mental health treatment.
Seeing a therapist offers a safe and supportive place to discuss any issues that may be causing distress. The benefits of therapy vary and, while not a “quick fix”, can transform your life and how you live it for the long term.
Seeing a Therapist for Daily Life Stress
Life can get overwhelming at times, so having a trained therapist to talk to can help solve problems. Daily stressors can include problems at work and at home.
Daily life stress over time can lead to more severe issues, including:
- Anxiety – Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions, affecting approximately 18% of the population and can escalate into depression.
- Depression – Depression is a potentially debilitating condition that can lead to sleep disturbances and substance abuse.
- Substance abuse – People turn to substances such as alcohol and drugs with the intent of dulling the pain. Still, as time progresses, the body adapts, and more of the alcohol or drug is required resulting in potential addiction.
Handling day-to-day stress issues through healthy coping mechanisms is a vital benefit of therapy. Relationships with others, including friends and family, will also improve by learning how to deal with daily stressors.
There could also be unresolved issues from the past, holding your future happiness in chains.
Benefits Seeing a Therapist for Working Through Trauma
Sometimes, our thoughts, especially those derived from childhood experiences, can create chains that hold us back from enjoying life to its fullest.
Past traumas can linger and cause us to behave irrationally or unpredictably, which negatively impacts our day-to-day life. A therapist can help you release trauma in a supportive environment, in a slow and steady way so as to not exacerbate underlying issues along the way. The results can be life-altering and transform how you react to triggers, stressors, and more.
Early childhood trauma is a risk factor for many mental and physical health conditions, including:
- Adult Depression
- Cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke
Seeing a Therapist for Personality Disorders
There are many different types of personality disorders, all of which benefit from seeing a therapist. A few of the most common include:
- Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
- The hallmark of BPD is the word “extreme” as it creates extreme changes in the person’s moods and outlook on life.
- People with BPD can change their thoughts and opinions rapidly without regard for other people’s feelings.
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)
- NPD’s hallmark is the word “self” as it creates a sense of self-entitlement, yet ironically people with NPD have deep-rooted low self-esteem.
- People with NPD come across as self-absorbed and insensitive to other people’s feelings.
- Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD)
- The hallmark of APD is “rule-breaker” as it invokes feelings of having no regard for the rules and what is right and wrong.
- People with APD will act impulsively and have no guilt for any wrongdoing on their part.
One of the many benefits of seeing a therapist is learning how to retrain your mind and thinking process. Depending on your goals, different types of therapy can assist.
Types of Therapy
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – The basis for CBT is that our thoughts create our feelings, generating our behaviors and actions. By changing our core thoughts, we can ultimately change our end behavior. Some of the benefits of seeing a therapist that specializes in CBT include:
- Overcoming emotional trauma related to violence or abuse
- Coping with grief or loss
- Resolving conflicts within relationships and learning better ways to communicate
- Some of the mental health conditions that CBT can benefit include:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Phobias and PTSD
- Bipolar Disorder
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) – NLP is based on changing negative behaviors into positive actions resulting in positive thought replacement. NLP uses thoughts, language, and patterns of behavior learned through experience to achieve a specific outcome. Some of the benefits of seeing a therapist that specializes in NLP include:
- Better communication
- Attaining work-oriented goals
- Some of the mental health conditions that NLP can benefit from include:
- Fears and phobias
- Low self-esteem
- Manage unwanted behaviors
- Specialized Therapies – There are specialized therapies for specific groups of people, such as:
Regardless of the type of therapy chosen, the life-enhancing rewards are priceless. Whether you are looking for daily coping strategies, changing bad habits, or improving your communication with others, therapy benefits are truly metamorphic.
When to Start Therapy to Improve Your Life
Another eye-opening benefit of seeing a therapist is how awareness comes into play. Living in the present moment and being mindful can help you re-focus instead of living in the past or being worried about the future.
There is no better time to start therapy than now, and at Miami Hypnosis & Therapy, we offer an extensive range of treatments, including CBT, NLP, and specialized therapies.
We know that each person has unique goals, and our treatments are specifically designed to fit each individual’s needs. Our sessions are designed to help bring about optimal change in the least amount of time by integrating different therapies to achieve faster results.
Our primary practitioner, Anna Marchenko, LMHC, M.A., Ed.M., completed her undergraduate degree at NYU and completed post-graduate work with the International Institute for Therapy and The American Counseling Association. She strives to empower her clients to achieve their goals by changing their thoughts, and ultimately, their lives to attain newfound clarity and balance.
The unparalleled benefits of seeing a therapist are empowering and life-changing, so take that first step and transform your life for the better. Start living a healthier and happier life, and contact us today! Let us help guide you on your pathway to peace.