What can I get from therapy?

‘I can deal with it on my own, what do I need therapy for?’ Does this sound like you? A lot of people question therapy and wonder what they can actually get from having sessions.


Embarking on a therapeutic journey is a profound exploration that not only unravels the intricacies of personal growth, awareness and relationships but also serves as a sanctuary for processing trauma. It is a place to learn coping strategies and tools. As we navigate through the vast landscapes of the mind, therapy becomes the compass guiding us towards profound shifts in narratives, core beliefs, self-worth and identity. Rooted in psychological theories its impact reverberates in life-changing statistics, affirming its role as a catalyst for positive transformation.

One of the primary treasures awaiting individuals in therapy is the meaningful journey toward personal growth. Therapy acts as a gateway, where the raw materials of experiences, emotions and challenges are met with the alchemy of introspection and fostering a deeper understanding of oneself.

Integrative therapy is grounded in the integration of various therapeutic approaches, acknowledges the uniqueness of each individual. Drawing from multiple modalities, it tailors the therapeutic process to meet the specific needs and preferences of the client, allowing for a more holistic exploration of personal growth.

The exploration does not stop there; therapy also becomes a mirror reflecting the contours of our inner landscape. Through self-reflection and guided introspection, individuals gain insight into the underlying motivations and patterns that shape their thoughts and actions. Within the therapeutic space, the process of rewriting narratives emerges as a powerful catalyst for change.

Narrative therapy, a modality that views individuals as the authors of their own stories, encourages the reshaping of personal narratives. By revisiting and reinterpreting past experiences, individuals can transcend limiting perspectives, empowering them to construct narratives that align with their values and aspirations. The power of rewriting narratives extends to the core beliefs individuals hold about themselves and the world. These beliefs, often formed in response to early life experiences, can become self-fulfilling prophecies. In therapy, individuals challenge and reconstruct these beliefs, dismantling the barriers that hinder personal growth and well-being. The therapeutic journey is deeply entwined with the exploration of self-worth and identity. 

Through the lens of various psychological theories, therapists guide individuals in understanding the origins of their self-perception and the factors that contribute to their sense of identity — in turn, empowering them to be their true selves.

Attachment theory delves into the impact of early relationships on our sense of self. In therapy, individuals explore attachment patterns, fostering a compassionate exploration of how past relationships shape current perceptions of self-worth and the ability to form healthy connections. The exploration of self-worth becomes a pivotal aspect of the therapeutic process.

Unpacking societal influences, familial expectations and internalised messages, individuals can rebuild a foundation of self-worth that is resilient and authentic. The ripple effects of therapy extend beyond the individual to the realm of relationships. By fostering a deeper understanding of oneself, therapy becomes a catalyst for healthier and more meaningful connections with others.

Family systems explores how individual behaviour is influenced by family dynamics. In therapy, individuals explore the interplay of family roles and patterns. Gaining insights that can lead to more fulfilling relationships. As individuals rewrite their narratives and cultivate a stronger sense of self-worth, they are better equipped to establish and maintain healthier connections. The therapeutic space provides a non-judgemental environment for practising effective communication, setting boundaries and navigating interpersonal dynamics with newfound awareness. 

Trauma, an invisible shackle that can echo through the years, finds solace in the therapeutic process. The processing of trauma is a delicate yet transformative aspect of therapy. By confronting and processing trauma, individuals reclaim agency over their lives, liberating themselves from the shackles of the past. At the time of the experiences, it can feel unsafe to be vulnerable or feel raw emotion. Therapists provide a safe and supportive environment, empowering individuals to navigate the emotional terrain of their experiences and cultivate resilience.

Statistics: The resounding impact of therapy

The efficacy of therapy is not merely anecdotal; it is substantiated by compelling statistics that underscore its life-changing effects. A comprehensive meta-analysis published in the American Psychiatric Association's journal, in 2021 revealed that therapy significantly reduces the symptoms of various mental health conditions. The study encompassed a diverse range of therapeutic modalities from traditional talk therapy to more specialised approaches.

Furthermore, a longitudinal study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health found that individuals who engaged in therapy reported not only symptom reduction but also improved overall well-being. The study tracked participants over several years, highlighting the enduring positive effects of therapeutic interventions. In the vast world of therapy, the benefits extend far beyond the confines of the room/call. It is a journey that unfolds personal growth, self-awareness and enriched relationships.

As we delve into the statistics, the resounding evidence shows the life-changing impact of therapy. It is not merely a process of symptom alleviation but a transformative journey that echoes across the years, fostering resilience, empowerment and a renewed zest for life. Therapy emerges not just as a resource for healing but as a beacon guiding individuals towards a more authentic, fulfilling and interconnected existence.

Hopefully, this article has got you thinking and made you question things. If you feel you would like to explore in more depth, please visit my website for more information. We have just launched an affordable option through a collaboration project: £25 fixed rate. There are limited client spaces available so do get in touch now to get started.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Counselling Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Canse Karatas, (MBACP) - Silver Linings Counselling & Psychotherapy
Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1HS

I have 12+ years of experience working for a range of services with a variety of issues like abuse, anxiety, depression, loneliness, low confidence, self-harm, suicide, trauma and much more. I am passionate about mental health awareness and actively seek ways to help people. My therapeutic influence is from an Integrative Approach.

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