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Why Seek Out A Therapist? What Can Counseling Do For You?

Just a few years ago in 2018-19, around 40.2 million adults in the United States had received counseling or some form of mental health treatment. Now, with all of us living in a pandemic, amongst various other stressors, it is understandable as to why this number has continued to increase.

Why Seek Out A Therapist? What Can Counseling Do For You?

There are several reasons to seek out a therapist and begin counseling. Chris Illiades, MD, says, “Seeing a therapist is not just for people with a serious mental health issue. Talk therapy—or psychotherapy—can help anyone who feels overwhelmed by emotions or life events. A mental health therapist can help you get through tough times”. Illiades adds that when someone is overwhelmed by sadness, helplessness, worry, anxiety, or struggling with stressors, then seeking out a therapist is an important step in the right direction. In the article called Benefits and Options for Therapy, published on Healthline, Sara Lindberg discusses more reasons that people consider therapy, which include; when someone is facing a crisis, dealing with depression & anxiety, or has complex family dynamics.

Listed above are reasons to consider seeing a therapist. But what will you gain from therapy?

  • Coping skills
  • Improved communication skills
  • Better management/expression of emotions
  • Assistance with depression, anxiety, amongst other mental health conditions.
  • A safe, warm space to open up and talk through the thoughts and feelings you have.

The list only continues. It is important to mention that there are multiple options for therapy; talk therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, online therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Each of these types of therapy have their own respective advantages, which depend on your comfortability and your reason for pursuing therapy.

It takes an immense amount of courage to reach out and ask for help. If you have any further questions, reach out to us at 314-942-1147. Dr. Lena Pearlman & Associates is a mental health practice located in Creve Coeur. The practice specializes in working with children, teens, and families. More information about Dr. Lena Pearlman & Associates is available at: https://STLmentalhealth.com.