Why do people seek therapy?

People come into therapy for many reasons.

Some people need help coping with unexpected events in their lives, such as a relationship ending or beginning, a death or a birth, loss of a job or student status. Other people use therapy to seek self-exploration and personal growth. Sometimes people initiate therapy to support transitions they are making in life, or to explore various aspects of their identities. It isn’t uncommon for people to come to therapy saying that nothing has happened, they just don’t feel joyful or happy, or like they’ve lost their zest for life.

Therapy can help you identify and strengthen your positive qualities, provide support during these transitions, and help you recognize, understand, and break negative patterns in your life. If you need to gain an outside, confidential perspective on a situation, solve a specific problem, address specific behaviors, heal from emotional wounds or upsetting experiences, therapy can be of great value.

Therapy can also help you arrive at a deeper understanding of yourself, and become more conscious of how your history, perceptions, feelings, attitudes and behavior patterns influence how you relate to others. In general, therapy helps you know yourself better, grow as an individual and within the context of your relationships.

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