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What is therapy? When do we need it?

Updated: Mar 14, 2020

At some point during out life, we may find ourselves struggling with life challenges. We may experience stress caused by school, relationship difficulties, work, finances, fertility issues and family conflicts. These issues may lead us to feeling sad, depress, anxious, hopeless, helpless, alone and fearful of the future or life in general. In this circumstances, people often turn to a Mental Health Therapist or Psychotherapist to help them finger out how to cope and get well. People may also struggle with the decision to seek help if they have never been to a therapist before. They may wonder what therapy is all about. Here are a few pointers.

Therapy is:

The process that occurs when you and your therapist set aside time in order to explore the stressful or emotional feelings in your life.Therapy is the act of helping you see things more clearly from a different view-point. This can enable you to focus on your feelings, experiences or actions with the goal of facilitating positive change. Therapy is a relationship of trust.  Confidentiality is paramount to successful therapy. Therapists are required by law to explain regulation on confidentiality and privacy at the onset of your meeting. They may, however, be required by law to disclose information if they believe that there is a risk to life.

Therapy is not:

Therapy is not judgmental. Therapy is not expecting or encouraging a client to behave in a way which may negatively impact them. Therapy is not looking at a client’s issues from the Therapist's own value system.

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