Why Psychotherapy?

People who seek psychotherapy often suffer from one or more of the following problems:

  • Anxiety disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, panic disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder
  • Addictions, such as alcoholism, drug dependence, Internet porn, or compulsive gambling
  • Eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia
  • Personality disorders, such as borderline personality disorder or dependent personality disorder
  • Schizophrenia or other disorders that cause detachment from reality (psychotic disorders)

In all of these cases, psychotherapy can be very helpful in treating these mental health problems. But psychotherapy can be very beneficial even if you don’t fall under one of the above categories. Sometimes, people deal with life stressors and conflicts, and they can find it a lot easier to get through these challenges with the help of a therapist. So you don’t have to be diagnosed with a mental illness in order to benefit from talk therapy. It may help you in these situations:

  • Resolve conflicts with your partner or someone else in your life
  • Relieve anxiety or stress due to work or other situations
  • Cope with major life changes, such as divorce, the death of a loved one or the loss of a job
  • Learn to manage unhealthy reactions, such as road rage or passive-aggressive behavior
  • Come to terms with an ongoing or serious physical health problem, such as diabetes, cancer or ongoing (chronic) pain
  • Recover from physical or sexual abuse or witnessing violence
  • Cope with sexual problems, whether they’re due to a physical or psychological cause
  • Sleep better, if you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep (insomnia)

Sometimes psychotherapy is even more effective than medications, such as antidepressants.  Medication lowers the symptoms, or the emotional pain, but it cannot address the real causes.  Psychotherapy can help you to find the strength to change what needs to be changed in your life, or to accept what cannot be changed any more. It will give you more personal freedom in relation to your life, and it will make you feel more alive.