What’s Therapy Anyway?

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Article by Jody Pierce, LCSW

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Many people we see at Pennock Center have never experienced therapy before. Sometimes people think that therapy is only for the seriously mentally ill or that seeking it means they are weak. It is actually the opposite of this. People who engage in therapy are using a valuable resource to help solve problems, process experiences and make changes. Therapy addresses all kinds of life challenges whether it be the ending of a relationship, the loss of a loved one, financial stressors, or family issues.

Therapy is about talking in a confidential setting to an objective and caring professional. It is working together with the therapist to help get to the root of problems and find effective solutions. It is learning strategies for coping with anxiety and stress and learning tools for dealing with depression. People can gain new skills from therapy; like assertiveness, communication skills, stress management, emotional expression, and boundary setting.

Therapy works by offering opportunities to thoroughly talk out your problems, express your emotions, and gain support in your struggle. It also helps people get to know and appreciate themselves which increases self-confidence and self-esteem.

Millions of people use therapy at some point in their lives. We all face challenges and stressors that seem too big for us to handle. It’s normal to ask for help.

A good time to seek therapy is when people feel stuck and need a different perspective than from family and friends. Sometimes the need is more urgent and people are struggling to maintain their relationships, to work, or in their day to day functioning. People then benefit from more immediate support.

Therapy can feel scary at first, but then can feel like a great relief! It’s important to know that we don’t have to do it alone.

For more information or to set up an appointment, please call the center at 303.655.9065.