What is therapy (psychotherapy)?
Therapy is process in which a psychologist seeks to assist people of all ages live happier, healthier and more productive lives. Often the purpose of therapy is to resolve problematic behaviours, beliefs, feelings and their accompanying physical symptoms. However, something important to keep in mind is that there does not always have to be a “problem” of some kind to start attending therapy. Sometimes therapy can be used as a means of personal growth and development, to learn about one’s self and gain new skills pertinent to various contexts.
Although some situations may appear similar on the surface level, no two people’s experiences are the same, and as such we consider these experiences unique. Similarly, therapy, at an individual level, is a unique experience whereby the approach to treatment is tailored to meet the client’s needs. Having said this, identifying those very specific needs can be a somewhat challenging process as it requires an openness that some people might find difficult at first. Thus, contrary to what many people believe, therapy is not always a “soft option”, as it can be difficult to admit to some of the feelings and challenges that one may be experiencing in our everyday lives. However, many people find that they feel better once they have had the opportunity to share and to be heard the space therapy provides.