Sep-24-2012

5 Reasons You Should Choose Psychotherapy #therapyworks

Depression and anxiety are common, affecting millions of adults in our country. And many people who need professional treatment don’t get it. But for those who do seek help,  the first course of recommended treatment  is often medication.

But there is another treatment choice available to everyone: Psychotherapy. Not only has research shown that psychotherapy is effective in treating certain types of psychological problems, it also teaches skills that arm people with new strategies to deal more effectively with problems if they arise again in the future.

The next time you feel anxious, depressed or need help managing difficult times or overwhelming situations, consider psychotherapy.

5 reasons why psychotherapy might be the right choice

1. You learn to work through your own problems.

We’ve all heard the expression, “Give a man fish, he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.” That’s the idea behind psychotherapy. There’s a lot that goes into the process of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy takes time and work, but as you progress along, you learn more effective ways  to tackle problems and solve difficult situations. And in the end, that means you have developed skills and tools such as different ways of thinking,  more effective coping mechanisms, and improved problem-solving.

2. No one is taking a side, except to help you.

During psychotherapy, a psychologist listens to what you say without judgment, no matter how embarrassing, shameful or frightening your thoughts or feelings are to you. People often reveal things during psychotherapy that are scary and very personal, and the fear of how others will respond or react is normal. The role of the psychologist is to remain neutral, to help you cope better with the troubling situation, and to work with you to find a good solution for your concerns.

3. Your secrets are safe.

Whatever you tell a psychologist during psychotherapy is confidential and private. Ethics codes and licensing laws require that psychologists remain silent about what is discussed or shared during psychotherapy, unless you or someone else’s life is in danger. You need to give written permission even if your psychologist wants to discuss your case with your physician. Confidentiality is sacred!

4. Long-term value can’t be beat.

Compared to the use of medication alone, which may seem like a more cost-effective option in the short term, research has shown that the benefits of psychotherapy extend to your physical health as well, often resulting in better physical health and lowering of your overall health costs over time. Plus, insurance changes through the mental health parity law mean more people have access to psychological services, like psychotherapy, with benefits comparable to those for their physical health coverage.

5. Psychotherapy works!

Multiple studies show that for many conditions and concerns, psychotherapy works, and it works well. People with mild-to-moderate depression begin to feel better after just a few sessions. Some countries are even requiring psychotherapy as the first line of treatment for anxiety and depression. The research is still growing, and more good news about how psychotherapy helps is expected.


Too many people avoid treatment for common conditions like depression and anxiety. They may be burdened by chronic stress that is getting in the way of good sleep, healthy eating and quality relationships.  Physical well-being may also suffer. So getting help, even if only from medication, is a step. But it may not be the best first step. And it shouldn’t be the only step.

If you, or someone you know, is ready to start on the road to better health, consider psychotherapy – it’s more than a quick fix! It has staying power.

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11 Responses to “5 Reasons You Should Choose Psychotherapy #therapyworks”

  1. Mia Davis   August 22, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I was under depression due to some financial crisis in my business and was afraid to share it with my family.I needed a credible companion to let know about my fear,my apprehension,tension and support me emotionally and psychologically in this dire situation.I went to see Psychologist just out of curiosity and possibly as a last resort but was ambivalent if he could solve my problem or not.I must admit that all my preconceived notions about Psychotherapy, being useless, were completely false.I vented out my inner suppressed feelings and emotional turmoil to him and he boosted me not to give up,fight back with new vigour and zest.I felt much better,confident,fresh and light through Psychotherapy sessions.The most important thing was that my secrets are kept confidential with Psychotherapist without my family knowing it.

  2. Richardson Megan   July 24, 2013 at 1:42 am

    I run a rehabilitation center in Spain for spinal cord injured people and have analyzed that Psychotherapy can do wonders in regaining the lost confidence and looking at life with new found hopes.Often these people live in denial and fail to express their agony,strain,helplessness and the turbulence of emotions taking place within them.I have started conducting Psychotherapy sessions few months from now and can notice a significant improvement in patient’s behavior,demeanor and that also reflected in positive change in their physical condition.

  3. Natalia Adams   July 8, 2013 at 3:00 am

    I was under depression after losing my closed ones in Tsunami few years back.I hesitated to socialize with people and discuss about my problems.Upon my daughter’s insistence,I enrolled myself in psychotherapy and I admit it has done wonders in my life ever since.I felt comfortable talking,sharing with the therapist and slowly but steadily people observed a significant change in my behaviour and complimented for it.I owe the credit to my psychotherapist who is also a dear friend of mine now.

  4. Peter   June 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I have gone to therapy for years. It helps me learn about myself and it is a safe place for me to talk about some deeper issues.

  5. REBECCA Photoshop   June 21, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I totally agree to this as I myself tried it and I must say it worked very well for me. The main effect of psychotherapy is on our mind and that is the main reason behind the success of psychotherapy.

  6. Thomas Taylor   May 17, 2013 at 2:17 am

    Psychological studies of those that are deemed gifted reveal that innate talent plays a smaller role in the process of their development than does preparation and practice. It is in integrating one’s heart and soul into the practice of relationship building over time, that competence and expertise become more fully developed. It is knowledgeable article. Thanks

  7. school psychology career   October 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Therapy is designed to provide the confidentiality that allows you to access and express deep feelings, thoughts and emotions that may not be expressed freely in any other situation.And this is mostly the main reason for choosing psychotherapy.

  8. J. Cohen   September 29, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Well said…It is nice to see educational resources such as this that allow those in need to weight their options.