• Kevin Kenealy

How Regular Therapy Can Turn Your Life Around


Affirming that seeking treatment is not a sign of weakness is a well-established truth. Have you noticed that the same problems keep resurfacing in your life? Recurring roadblocks may hamper your interpersonal, career or academic endeavors. You may also be unable to recover from sadness or anxiety.

Therapeutic intervention can be helpful when an issue interferes with one's ability to do daily tasks. It won't work if we want to feel better and hope for the best. We must be willing to endure some suffering if we want to succeed.


Asking for aid is often viewed as a sign of weakness. However, it shows strength and adaptability to admit that we are only human and hence cannot always get it right or know everything. A new study demonstrates that treatment has a long-lasting effect on the brain's physiology. Therapy has a longer-lasting impact than medication since our efforts get embedded in our minds.


What is the process through which treatment is carried out?

During one or more sessions, the therapist gathers information about you to devise an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. For example, your therapist may ask you why driving across bridges is an issue, what steps you have already taken, and whether you are open to attempting new approaches. Afterwards, you'll be asked to try different approaches to behavior, thinking, and communication with the therapist. For example, you may be asked to envision driving over a bridge or to view an online video of someone travelling over a high bridge, then be asked to notice your fear rather than try to extinguish it. Driving across more difficult bridges might be part of future studies. Anxiety will subside as you build self-assurance in your ability to move, even when feeling nervous.

Ironically, avoiding things that make us nervous makes us more anxious, while addressing them gives us more self-assurance.


What about issues relating to specific individuals?


A therapist may propose a few experiments if your communication with a partner, workplace, or friends keeps breaking down. For example, the first 10 minutes of your evening greetings with your spouse may be spent listening to them rather than discussing your day or proposing answers. To foster empathy, the therapist may recommend that you repeat what your spouse says differently. Making your partner feel understood is a great feeling. We all desire empathy, but it isn't something we're taught or drilled in.


How do you feel after going to therapy?

You should anticipate feeling a wide range of emotions throughout therapy, including the following:

● Acceptance and security.

● Anxiety, fear, or despair when you come to terms with some facts.

● You've learned a lot about who you are.

● As you begin to overcome your emotions, there is hope.

● Therapy as euphoria unlocks a power you never knew you had.

● It is common to notice a reduction in feelings of anxiety, sadness, or anger as your therapy progresses, as well as an increase in self-assurance and the ability to handle setbacks.


Finally, you learn to accept and love yourself for who you are. Self-acceptance improves our mood, flexibility, and resilience.


Exactly how long is therapy?

You, your therapist, and your desire to improve your situation all determine how long treatment lasts.

Depending on the severity of our mental and physical distress, certain disorders require more prolonged than others. Although it may take some time, we can make a significant difference if we put our minds to it.

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