If you’re thinking of meeting with a psychotherapist, you might have a general feeling that you want to try therapy but not be sure exactly what a therapist is going to do for you. You might even wonder, “Can I really get that much out of talking to a therapist?”
The short answer is: yes. Everyone stands to gain from reflecting on their lives and improving their coping skills.
But there’s one group of people who have a problem that is an especially good for therapy. I’m talking about people who feel they need another perspective.
A lot of us find ourselves in this group at one point in our lives or another. There are many reasons you can end up needing a fresh perspective.
Maybe you’ve experienced some sequence of events in your life that you don’t know how to make sense of with the resources you have. Maybe you have a situation where you can’t rely on your friends and family for an unbiased perspective, or you’ve tried talking to them and it hasn’t helped. Maybe you have a mental health question where you want a professional perspective. Maybe you’re just feeling stuck and unfulfilled and you need to find a different way of looking at your life.
Whatever the reason you find yourself wanting a fresh perspective, a therapist can be a great resource for finding a new angle on things that allows you to grow and move forward.
Therapists give you something you don’t get from your family, your friends or even yourself: a neutral relationship with no personal history. This relationship gives you an outside perspective you can use to find a new way of looking at things and build insight into your life.
In this Ask the Therapist video, Marie Hartwell-Walker and Daniel J. Tomasulo talk about some of the advantages of this kind of relationship and some of the benefits of individual therapy. Watch the video below, and see the PsychCentral YouTube channel for more videos about psychotherapy: