How a Chat with a Therapist Can Help You

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How a Chat with a Therapist Can Help You

Mar 30, 2022, 6:00:24 AM Life and Styles

This post was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.

Everyone goes through different issues in their life from time to time. Although most of these problems can be solved through talking with a trusted friend, giving it time, or coming up with solutions, there are times when you might need extra help. During those stressful moments, it can be very helpful to chat with a therapist. There are many options for accessing therapy, each of which will benefit different people in different ways. If you’ve never been to therapy before, it could be worth giving it a try. Chatting with a therapist can give you tools to cope with problems you’re facing and equip you to move forward despite adversity. If you’d like to learn more about how speaking with a therapist can help you, read some articles here. Below are some ways that you can benefit from therapy whether you choose to go online or in person.


1. Help with mental health disorders


If you have a mental health disorder like anxiety, OCD, depression, PTSD, or something else, you know how difficult they can make it to live life normally. Therapy is a great option for anyone with a mental health condition because you’ll get a treatment plan, healthy coping strategies, and be able to improve your symptoms over time. Since everyone is unique, there’s no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” treatment plan. What works for one person might not be right for another. A qualified therapist will assess different aspects of your life to come up with the right plan for you. Once treatment starts, you’ll often see many positive changes in your life including fewer symptoms, more compassion for yourself, and less destructive thoughts and habits.


2. Improved relationships


When you are going through something hard or trying to cope with a mental health disorder, your friends and family might also be affected. Whether you’re getting upset with the people in your life more easily or bottling up your feelings, talking to a therapist can help you recognize the ways in which your relationships have been impacted. In therapy, you’ll learn how to have more realistic expectations and how to improve the connection you have with those around you. Over time, your relationships may be more positive and fulfilling as a result. 


3. Better communication


Many of the issues in life could be solved with better communication. However, many people simply don’t know how to improve their skills. A therapist can work with you to improve the quality of the conversations you’re having with other people. They might encourage you to speak up more, listen better, or teach you how to be more comfortable with confrontation.


4. New coping strategies


Coping skills can include anything that helps you move through difficult moments or periods in life. These can apply to shocking events like a death in your family or everyday stressors like a toxic work environment. Different people will find success using different types of coping strategies. Some common ones you might try are journaling, listening to music, exercising, meditating, practicing mindfulness, or taking a bath. Other skills you may learn are how to control your thoughts better and how to practice radical self-acceptance. When you learn to cope with your problems, the symptoms associated with them tend to disappear as well.


5. Healthier habits


To start, you should note that going to therapy regularly is a healthy habit. However, there are others you can develop along the way. You may learn how to stick to a routine, sleep better, or connect with other people. Each of these goes a long way in keeping you happy and fulfilled. Therapy can also teach you healthy habits concerning both your mental and physical health. Whether it’s regular exercise, doing relaxation techniques, or something else, the benefits of healthy habits are endless.


6. Relief from stress


Stress is a normal part of life, but too much of it can have a negative impact on your day-to-day functioning. It might start to hinder you at work, school, or home. You may have physical symptoms like insomnia, tense muscles, or an increased heart rate, which can all take their toll on you. However, therapy can help you manage it better. There are many therapies that are suitable for treating stress, and each has its own benefits. You might do CBT, exposure therapy, behavioral therapy, or something else. Having someone there to talk to about anything with can create a huge difference in your life.


7. Greater self-esteem


Going to therapy means you’ll be matched with a caring individual who wants to see you happy and healthy. They will act as an unbiased source of encouragement in your life and lead you to see the brighter side of things. Over time, you may find that your self-esteem and self-confidence grow greatly. Not only will you feel more equipped to handle problems on your own as they arise, but you will learn how to have compassion for yourself. Many therapists use what is called cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT to address negative or unhelpful thought patterns. As you learn to control your thoughts better, you’ll be able to gain more confidence in your abilities to cope with any issues you might be facing.


Going to therapy is a great option for anyone who wants to take control of their life or make positive changes. While it’s tempting to try to solve problems on your own, know that it’s also okay to reach out for help. Usually, asking for support is the hardest step. Though you might not see changes right away since new habits take time to form, rest assured that with the right mindset and level of commitment you can get better with time. Therapists are trained in all sorts of areas and have varying levels of expertise, so you’ll need to do your research before choosing one. The therapeutic experience is all about you, so don’t hesitate to be picky and know that you can always switch therapists if you need to. 



Published by Arina Smith

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