Most people who consider therapy experience some ambivalence about beginning the process. Some may feel unhappy or stressed, but are unsure as to why. Others may know why, but feel that they should be able to cope with things on their own. It may feel uncomfortable to seek help from a therapist, especially for those who may believe that therapy is intended only for people with “serious” problems or “dysfunctional” lives. These are natural and common feelings.
Therapy is designed for people from all walks of life whose concerns may be mild, moderate, or severe. A therapist can provide an objective, safe, and non-judgmental environment geared toward inner exploration and growth. The psychotherapy process empowers people to take control of their lives, sort through concerns, and make meaningful and lasting changes. Therapy may at times be emotionally challenging. It requires great courage, motivation, and commitment to examine yourself and make changes.
Ideally, therapy can be a rewarding experience that can bring insight and improvement to the quality of one's life. The therapeutic process often results in developing a sense of strength and peace as well as the capacity to maximize one's potential, effectively cope with life challenges, make healthy choices, have satisfying relationships, and achieve personal goals.