Revamp, Reset, and Refocus: The Art of Starting, Stopping , and Shifting Therapy

[Part 1 in a series of 3.]

I bet you are thinking, what else do I need to do? I found a therapist that looks like me; I called and scheduled my therapy appointment, and now what do you want me to do? Shouldn’t I just show up? Isn’t that enough? I mean, it’s hard enough to just talk about these things. 

I know this may sound deep, but it really is critical to your success in getting what you want out of therapy. 

First, let’s chat about why you would start therapy. Was it your idea? Did a family member or friend suggest that “you need therapy”? There are many reasons why people start therapy. But if you don’t start with the best intention and commitment, you likely won’t get the results you desire. 

Here are a few reasons someone might seek therapy.

  1. Mental health concerns: Therapy can be beneficial for individuals experiencing symptoms of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or eating disorders. It provides a supportive and professional environment to explore these issues and develop strategies to manage them effectively.
  2. Emotional difficulties: People often seek therapy when they are struggling with intense emotions, such as anger, grief, guilt, or low self-esteem. Therapy can help individuals gain insight into their emotions, learn coping skills, and develop healthier ways of expressing and processing their feelings.
  3. Relationship problems: Therapy can assist individuals and couples in navigating relationship challenges, including communication issues, conflicts, trust concerns, or difficulties in maintaining healthy boundaries. It can provide a neutral space to address these problems and work towards more fulfilling relationships.
  4. Life transitions: Significant life changes like starting a new job, moving to a different city, ending a relationship, or becoming a parent can be overwhelming and create stress. Therapy can support individuals in adjusting to these transitions, exploring their emotions, and developing strategies to cope with the associated challenges.
  5. Personal growth and self-improvement: Therapy isn’t solely for individuals facing crises or problems. It can also be a valuable tool for personal growth and self-reflection. Therapy can help individuals gain a deeper understanding of themselves, enhance self-awareness, build resilience, and develop healthy coping mechanisms, leading to a more fulfilling life overall.

It’s important to note that seeking therapy is a personal decision, and everyone’s motivations for starting therapy will vary. If you’re considering therapy, it can be helpful to reach out to a mental health professional who can assess your specific situation and recommend appropriate treatment options.

Stay connected. Part 2 will cover how to know when it’s time to graduate from therapy. Part 3 will cover navigating shifts in your therapy experience (such as changing the type of therapy, changing therapists, updating goals, etc.).

Tell me a little about your experience in starting therapy. What was the hardest part to get started? I would love to hear your story. 

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In Your Wellness,

Dr. Clack