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What Is Therapy For? Here Are 4 Areas of Your Life It Can Support

  • By Annalee Phang, LMFT
  • January 25, 2023

A therapist is someone who can give you that outside perspective and guide you in finding solutions and resolving issues. Therapists have a wide array of specialties. They can focus on eating disorders, managing sadness or grief, getting a handle on anxiety or stress, building communication in your relationships, and so much more. When you think about challenges you are facing or difficult transitions in your life, what do you feel like you need the most support with? No matter what it is, a therapist can help. 

Therapy for Relationships

Humans are social creatures by nature. If you are noticing challenges in friendships, romantic relationships, family relationships, or even with colleagues and professional peers, therapy can help you sort out what is working and not working. 

Therapy allows you to identify what your needs and values are in a relationship. When you understand yourself, you can better navigate your interactions. Therapy can also teach you useful communication skills for improving how you speak to and engage with those around you.

Therapy for Big Life Changes

Life is always changing, and you may feel stressed every time these changes occur. Therapy can help you understand why certain changes are harder for you than others. It can also give you tools to reduce stress in these situations and help you embrace change in your life.

You may need help with feeling isolated after a move to a new city. Or you may be looking for ways to manage stress in a new role at work. These moments in life where change feels insurmountable can be hard to navigate on your own. Therapy can provide the space to gain the tools necessary to handle any transition.

Therapy for Significant Mood Shifts

If you (or someone around you) have noticed a significant shift in your mood, that can be a key indicator that some mental health support is needed. Therapists are trained to assess how big mood swings impact your ability to engage in your life. 

They can diagnose severe mood disorders (like Major Depressive Disorder or Bipolar Disorder) and create treatment plans that help you manage symptoms and reduce the severity of these mood swings. They can also help tease out if your mood is being affected by another aspect of your life such as eating habits or trauma. Therapists can collaborate with your other healthcare providers as well to make sure that they all have the whole picture when it comes to your health and well-being. 

Therapy for Self-Awareness

One of the keys to successful therapy is the process of gaining insight. Therapists can help you think about your thought processes and habits in a way that evokes a desire to change what is no longer serving you. Whether that is negative thinking patterns or self-harming behaviors, a therapist will work with you to understand the root cause of these actions. 

Reaching out to a therapist for support is a sign of strength and dedication to yourself and your motivation to improve your life. A therapist can create a safe space where you get to decide the tempo of therapy and what you want to share.

To start your mental health journey, we can help you find a therapist who takes your insurance and specializes in the areas you want to focus on.

This article is not meant to be a replacement for medical advice. We recommend speaking with a therapist for personalized information about your mental health. If you don’t currently have a therapist, we can connect you with one who can offer support and address any questions or concerns.

Reviewed by:

Therese De Liz, MA, LMHC

My name is Therese De Liz, MA, LMHC and I offer international online counseling in English and German. I specialize in anxiety, depression, transition, acculturation difficulties and culture shock for young adults, families and individuals. I have 16 years experience treating patients using psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral methods and have received specialized training on OCD and ERP (Exposure-Response-Prevention therapy). As a clinician, my personal journey has involved crisis management in a psychiatric setting, supervision, assessments and treatment in anxiety research, a faculty position in pre-med, psychosomatic counseling in university cardiac, dermatology, dentistry wards and women’s clinic, as well as several years in private practice in Munich, Germany.

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