Most times people downplay the importance of therapy, especially in a country like Nigeria where it is not common. This is because they don’t know what exactly therapy is and how it can improve almost every sphere of their lives. What are the benefits of therapy?
Before I talk about the benefits of therapy, let me tell you what exactly therapy is.
What is therapy
Therapy is a series of treatments conducted to resolve mental and emotional issues. During the treatment, you get to talk to a well-certified and specialized therapist that gives you professional and insightful solutions wherever you might be experiencing problems.
Therapy can range from issues that deal with workplace stress, trauma from the past or a previous accident, divorce, or loss of a loved one down to the one that is common like depression and anxiety. Therapy deals with a wide range of emotional difficulties and mental health issues.
You can say therapy is not for everyone and does not really work but I want you to look at this therapy statistics.
This is what Psychiatry.org has to say about the benefits of therapy.
About 75 per cent of people who enter psychotherapy show some benefit from it. Psychotherapy has been shown to improve emotions and behaviours and to be linked with positive changes in the brain and body. The benefits also include fewer sick days, less disability, fewer medical problems, and increased work satisfaction.
Here is what positivepsychology.com has to say about the benefits of therapy and it’s statistical importance.
Krause & Orlinsky (1986) found that between 60-65% of people experienced significant symptomatic relief within one to seven psychotherapy sessions. This number increased to 70-75% after six months, and 85% at one year.
What are the benefits of therapy?
- Therapy helps you to communicate better. You can either take it or leave but that is the hard truth. We as humans are not perfect and because we don’t always know how to process our emotions talk more about communicating them. By sitting down with a therapist, you are able to reach deep into your soul or the deep recesses of your mind and communicate what you are feeling. Most times when we are stressed we tend to get angry easily and we are unable to point at what is making us angry. In reality, whatever made us angry might not be what is making us angry, it’s the stress that we have not dealt with. Therapy helps us reach down and makes us communicate what exactly is wrong. Sometimes we don’t have the correct words to describe what we feel, sitting with a therapist benefits us in that aspect.
- Better relationship with other people: Therapy gives you a better insight into who you are. Let’s just be honest, we don’t always understand ourselves but therapy helps us see ourselves for who we are. This will help you know your strength and weaknesses and know what makes you tick. As an extension, you are able to understand the people around you. It will make you slow to react to some external actions because you have an accurate knowledge of yourself. You are able to assess yourself and others and deal with whatever situation comes up accordingly.
- Development of skills for coping with life challenges: Life is like playing a game of squash, sometimes you simply miss, sometimes you miss and the ball just hits you in the face. Life sometimes throws a ton of lemons at you, you need therapy to get through these trying times. Through therapy, you are able to acquire skills such as stress relief skills, or grief coping skills.
Benefit of therapy for mental health?
- It restores your mental health
- The root cause of what is causing you pain is dealt with
- It is comforting
- It helps strengthen your mental health
Benefits of therapy for anxiety?
- You feel less anxious
- You are more aware of yourself
- You are not alone on your journey, the therapist is there with you
- You learn how to handle situations that are likely to cause anxiety
Benefits of talk therapy?
- You talk about yourself
- You are have someone to talk to
- You learn about yourself
- You deal with issues you are running away from
How effective is talk therapy?
It is 99% effective for people experiencing mild depression. It works best because you are able to learn and unlearn some certain thought patterns.
What is talk therapy good for?
Talk therapy is good for people with mild to moderate depression. It also works for people with severe depression, it just has to be combined with antidepressants.