Mental Health

What Therapists Wish You Knew About Therapy

Therapy can bring happiness and growth

In 2016, over 19 million adults with a mental illness reported receiving treatment (defined as counseling and/or medication, as per the National Survey on Drug Use and Health) within the past year. Therapy specifically has been scientifically proven to offer many positive benefits, making it easy to see why so many people are looking to qualified professionals for help. Research has shown that verbalizing your feelings, whether to a counselor or even a close friend, has a calming effect on the brain. And while medications can help dampen severe symptoms of mental illness, therapy can address those as well as the cause of your issues, meaning long-term, lasting results.

A therapist can teach you techniques to handle current and future emotional distress while also dealing with past traumas. Attending these sessions offers a safe space for you to organize your thoughts and work through problems with an objective third party, allowing for a more distanced perspective on your issues that can even out your emotions. Given enough time and effort, therapy can have a major impact on your mental illness.