What Exactly Does Therapy Accomplish?

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People may start therapy for various reasons, including coping with mental health issues and empowering themselves. Here are some common goals for both causes:

Everyone thinks that psychotherapy achieves these goals:

  • Reduce symptoms of depression or anxiety
  • Learn coping strategies for stress or trauma
  • Identify and change negative self-talk and thought patterns
  • Improve sleep and overall physical health
  • Manage symptoms of chronic pain or illness
  • Address substance abuse or addiction issues
  • Increase emotional regulation and stability

This is true, but many people forget that...

Therapy can empower people:

  • Develop a sense of purpose and direction in life
  • Increase self-awareness and self-understanding
  • Build self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Learn effective communication skills and improve relationships
  • Enhance personal growth and development
  • Develop a strong sense of personal identity
  • Improve decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Achieve personal goals and aspirations
  • Improve overall quality of life

Read more: https://www.apa.org/topics/psychotherapy/understanding