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Does Therapy Really Work?

Depending on who you ask you will hear the pros and cons of therapy. Some swear it works while others say the exact opposite. First and foremost you must be open to therapy to truly give it a chance to work. If you go into it with a closed mind you might leave with a negative experience. It also depends on what your view of therapy is and know it's not going to instantly fix you.

The therapist's job is to help you fix your problems. It takes a commitment from you that requires a lot of work and strength. You need to be honest and forthcoming during your sessions to truly benefit. One session isn't going to cure all your problems. Depending on your reason for seeking therapy you should expect to go to several sessions. There are several different forms of therapy and if one doesn't work for you, don't get discouraged.

Do your research hand find the one that stands out to you to try. You should also do your research on the therapist. You need to feel a good connection with him/her in order to be comfortable. Opening up to someone you're not feeling comfortable with might be extremely hard. If you give therapy a chance it can and will help you.

Seeking therapy is a personal choice and can be life changing for many. We all go through changes and challenging situations in our lives and there is nothing wrong with seeking therapy. It can help you see yourself and choices you've made through someone else's eyes and give you skills that can help you greatly. Having such an insight can help you grow as a person and change your life for the better.

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MsBiz wrote on January 21, 2015, 3:41 PM

This title caught my eye because I'm a therapist! You are certainly right that making an connection with your therapist is important. Just like you won't be able to be friends with everyone you meet, you won't click with every therapist, so if you have one bad experience, don't give up.

BarbRad wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:29 PM

Although I've had my share of problems, I've never seen a real therapist. I did have a couple of counseling sessions with a pastor I trusted and it did my a lot of good in getting my head on straight again. He did have training in psychology. I probably knew what I needed to do before I saw him, but he laid out my alternatives pretty well and that motivated me to do the right thing. I've mostly found talking to a wise friend is equally helpful.

Madcanman wrote on January 21, 2015, 10:46 PM

I've had both positive and negative experiences with different therapists with past issues. It all depends on what you want out of the relationship with them, whether or not you really want help, and most certainly whether you're honest and open with them.