January 1, 2020 - January 31, 2026
Therapy, also called psychotherapy or counseling, is the process of meeting with a therapist to resolve problematic behaviors, beliefs, feelings, relationship issues, and/or somatic responses (sensations in the body). Beginning therapy can be a big step toward being the healthiest version of yourself and living the best life possible—no matter what challenges you may be facing. Through therapy, you can change self-destructive behaviors and habits, resolve painful feelings, improve your relationships, and more.
Therapy can help improve symptoms of many mental health conditions. In therapy, people also learn to cope with symptoms that may not respond to treatment right away. Research shows the benefits of therapy last longer than medication alone. Medication can reduce some symptoms of mental health conditions, but therapy teaches people skills to address symptoms on their own. These skills last after therapy ends, and symptoms may continue to improve, making it less likely people will need further treatment.
Signs that you could benefit from therapy include:
– You feel an overwhelming, prolonged sense of helplessness and sadness.
– Your problems don’t seem to get better despite your efforts and help from family and friends.
– You find it difficult to concentrate on work assignments or to carry out other everyday activities.
– You worry excessively, expect the worst or are constantly on edge.
– Your actions, such as drinking too much alcohol, using drugs or being aggressive, are harming you or others.