What Is Therapy?

Some people call it counselling or psychotherapy, others call it talk therapy, perhaps plain simple “Therapy” is acceptable too. Regardless of what you call it, counselling to assist your mental health can provide excellent benefits for people who are struggling with life’s challenges.

Therapists guide people through the most personal and painful experiences of their lives.

Even if you are taking medication to improve your mental health, therapy will assist to improve your outlook on life by helping you to learn skills to cope and manage your mental wellbeing in a more positive and productive way.

People who live with anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns are common. In Australia, a national health survey completed during 2017-2018[1] estimated that 1 in 5 people (20% of Australians) experience either a mental health or a behavioural condition.

You’re not alone, and it shows real strength to seek support.

Do You Need Therapy?

Your emotional health and wellbeing are important. If you are being adversely affected on a day-to-day basis with negative thoughts and behaviours, therapy may be a good option for you.
Therapy can assist in many different circumstances, here are just a few:
Relationship Problems, Grief, Family Struggles, Feeling Or Wanting To Be Isolated, Panic Anxiety, Intrusive Thoughts, Frequent Bursts Of Anger Or Rage, Persistent Worries, Low Motivation, Feeling Overwhelmed, Sleeping Most Of The Day, Feeling Hopeless, Helpless, Frustrated, or Lonely, Having The Urge To Do Repetitive Behaviours Or Rituals, Trust Issues, and Trauma.

How Long Does Therapy Take?

Each person experiences therapy differently. While attending counselling for a couple of sessions can be extremely helpful for many people to adjust their thoughts, often therapy isn’t a quick fix. It’s possible that concerns or trauma’s that you’ve held onto for years may take months to work through. It often depends on how much you can open up during each session, and how often you can afford to attend counselling.

The great thing is you will be listened to in a confidential, safe and judgement free space by a professional who is there to provide you with support, coping tools and realistic steps and support to reach your goals.

Do You Need More Than Therapy?

Therapy is helpful for people who are having thoughts of suicide, however it’s not the best option if you are currently in crisis and have immediate plans. If you feel that way, CLICK HERE to speak with a person who can talk with you, or click here to find an emergency service who can offer you assistance right away.

Therapy is also helpful if you are in an abusive relationship, however if you are currently in crisis because of an abusive relationship CLICK HERE for some specialised support services. If you need help right now, CLICK HERE for police support.

What If You’ve Already Tried Therapy?

If you’ve attended counselling in the past and didn’t find it helpful, don’t give up. Different therapists have different skills, look up a therapist that has experience with your particular concern.
Also, it can take time to find out the best approach and type of therapy that suits you. Also, we don’t always “click” with the first person we meet, a different therapist may be a better fit for you.

[1] https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/australias-health/mental-health