Having a weekly dedicated time to unpack your feelings, thoughts and experiences can be immensely useful.
A therapist is trained to both hear your story and to notice the words you use; assumptions and patterns that may have built up over time. With a toolbox of knowledge and techniques to draw on, a therapist will help you to see the ways in which you may limit your sense of self and help you identify new ways of coping with life’s struggles. They will support you to see yourself in a more compassionate and philosophical way, to accept what you can’t change, but also to gently stretch yourself when life offers the opportunity to do so. As you can see from the comments below, therapy can help each of us in so many different ways.
‘After a terrible spell of anxiety, therapy taught me that it’s ok to be selfish in the right context. I’ve learnt to create space in my life, to take care of myself and to say ‘no’ if I don’t want to take something on. Amazing how something so small can make such a big difference. I’m happier and healthier as a result.’ Sarah, 33, Administrator
‘Deciding to speak about your feelings, fears, break ups and breakdowns is the hardest thing for a man to do because we never learn how to talk. “Stiff upper lip, keep it in, don’t bring that up it’ll upset them, forget about it, have another drink, stop worrying”…all phrases my inner voice said to me instead of reaching out. Talking is the most important thing we should learn. It improves everything. Absolutely everything. No matter how terrifying the thought of it may be.’ Mark, 51, Creative director
‘After struggling with anxiety and depression for a couple of years Hannah reached rock bottom during lockdown in the spring of 2020 with PTSD following a traumatic medical emergency the previous summer. She finally said she was willing to talk to someone and started online therapy sessions. Not only did they help her start to talk about her experiences it also helped her understand some of the underlying reasons for her longer-term issues. Thanks to her sessions we also learned about treatments for PTSD, and she has since made a full recovery from the experience. Therapy taught her that it’s important to talk about how you’re feeling and just having someone listen can make all the difference.’ Mum of 15 year old Hannah
‘Several years ago, I was having panic attacks and I thought I was going crazy. But I thought therapy wasn’t something for someone like me; I saw myself as a tough man who just got on with things. I ended up trying both individual and group therapy. I went in very apprehensive and I definitely didn’t think it would work, but it wasn’t what I expected and I surprised myself by the things that I said to strangers. I came out elated. And that continued, I would go in tense and come out calmer. Recently I’ve had several bereavements and I knew straight away that I wanted to see a therapist again; I see therapy totally differently now.’ TS, 58 year old male, Painter and decorator