Going to therapy is a personal choice and deciding whether it is right for your mental health can be a challenge. You may have friends, loved ones, family members, and coworkers who go to therapy to work on their mental health, but it might not feel like enough evidence for you.
You may be on your own healing journey and using self-help resources that are helping you grow. You might not want to prioritize self-improvement and be content with your current situation. It may feel like therapy is expensive and out of reach.
Therapy is an investment in you and improving overall well being and life circumstances. It provides an opportunity to reflect on how you got to where you are in life, learn other perspectives, and challenge old beliefs you have about yourself – all leading to more insights and even more personal growth.
Therapy is available to people regardless of income. Though, with the increase in demand for therapists, availability might be the biggest challenge than finding one in network or within your budget.
Nevertheless, if you are able and willing to wait for a therapist who’s right for you, the wait can be well worth it.
Despite your status quo, here are 5 types of people who may benefit from therapy:
People who feel stress about work.
Whether you are your own boss or work for one, therapy can help you put work relationships into perspective. You may be carrying out familial patterns at work because they are unresolved.
Perhaps authority figures are triggering to you or being given feedback that is resemblant of what you experienced within your family.
This can lead to stress and a need for professional help. If your boss negatively reminds you of a parent or sibling, this is a sign that you may want to help yourself with the guidance of a professional therapist.
Balancing boundaries at work is also a common theme in therapy.
If you have a pattern of people pleasing, burnout may happen more quickly.
A therapist can help you to set and reset your boundaries. Pushing your own boundaries consistently invites others to do the same, especially at work.
If you feel consistent dread at work and are familiar with the Sunday Scaries, you may benefit from therapy with a supportive therapist who can help you navigate these challenges and come to solutions and changes that feel good to you.
People who are in a relationship.
Being in a romantic relationship is a way to measure your vulnerability and ability to be intimate. One of the first relationships that you can explore is the one with yourself. A therapist can help you through that experience. If you haven’t been in a relationship in a long time, you may want to discover which pattern is leading you to that choice. If you have been in a relationship and are blissfully happy, therapy may still be a consideration.
You do not have to be in a crisis to attend a therapy session.
Preventative measures can be taken at any time.
Therapy with or without your partner can be beneficial so that you can help yourself learn how to love, disagree, communicate and care for the tender parts of you with the guidance of a therapist.
People who have families.
Whether your family is by choice or blood, therapy can help you to understand your role and the patterns you play out.
Generational trauma can be part of family structures and lead to dysfunction. Substance abuse and mental illness can also be part of families, but there are ways to feel support with these.
When you are within a family unit, it may be helpful to take a closer look at how you show up in your family system with the help of a therapist.
You may be a role model for a young person within your family unit. Often, attachment styles like avoidant, anxious, and secure are a result of the way you interacted with your family as a child.
If you are starting (or already have started) family of your own, you bring your family of origin patterns and knowings with you. If you are raising children with a partner, it can be immensely helpful to work through unhealthy patterns you both bring to the table and make decisions about how you want to raise your family together.
To learn more about how your familial relationships have impacted you throughout your life, you may want to consider attending therapy with an individual or family therapist.
The insights gained through therapy can be powerful in making lasting change in your current and future family relationships.
People who need a little guidance.
Therapy is a way to speak without interruption, objection, or reservation. You can share what is on your heart and mind with the guidance of a professional therapist.
The objective perspective can help lead you to answering your own questions, hearing yourself speak, and developing a sense of self that you didn’t know existed. With supportive guidance, you can begin to see positive changes in your life.
If you are feeling anxious, depressed, like an outcast, or not like yourself; therapy is a beneficial option for you.
There is not a time limit on therapy, and you can explore whatever feels comfortable to you. Check backgrounds, beliefs, and mission statements in your search for a licensed therapist to find someone who aligns with your values and goals for yourself.
People who are struggling with mental illness or thoughts of suicide.
If you are struggling to manage your anxiety, depression, mood, energy, stress in a way that feels overwhelming and hopeless, reach out for help.
If you are having thoughts of suicide that are becoming too difficult to manage, reach out for help.
Sometimes it takes a couple attempts at finding the right therapist for you or perhaps the energy to seek out help, however, you don’t have to suffer alone.
Therapy is for anyone.
You don’t need to identify as having a mental illness or mental health condition to go to therapy and reap the benefits of a therapeutic relationship. When you invite a professional, supportive person into your life; you are showing courage and a willingness to change.
Counseling can help you to do that. You don’t need to justify why therapy feels important to you or whether you identify as having mental illness in order to attend a session.
You can simply note that you are in a space where it feels like a comfortable next choice.
Therapy is for anyone, and there is a good therapist available for everyone. You are worth the effort to share in a vulnerable way with another human.
Your therapist can help you develop love and acceptance for yourself and others no matter where you are in your life.
Therapy is a beneficial choice for anyone because it allows a safe container (confidential place with a trusted person) to share feelings, emotions, and ideas that you haven’t been able to articulate in the past.
Anxiety, social anxiety, depression, feeling overwhelmed, having troubled relationships may lead you into therapy, but the right therapist can be found no matter what.
Life can cause stress, and that is enough reason to look for a therapist who can support you.
Even if you feel secure at work, in relationships, or within your family; talking through your current circumstance can be a supportive way to tend to your mental health and provide perspective to further grow and make change in your life you crave.
There are many types of therapy including; talk therapy, online therapy or virtual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR therapy, brief therapy, group therapy, and somatic therapy. You can focus on family therapy, trauma therapy, couples therapy, teen therapy, or marriage therapy, grief therapy, ADHD therapy, anxiety therapy, depression therapy, relationship therapy depending on your needs.
There is a potential therapist who can help you. You can acknowledge that things feel difficult, easy, or simply mediocre.
Therapy can help you improve your everyday life. There is no shame in getting a new perspective on your life with the help of a supportive mental health professional.
To learn more about how therapy can be beneficial to you, check out our website for more information.
Written by: Randi Thackeray, MA
Clinically Reviewed and Edited by: Julie Reichenberger, MA, LPC, ACS, ACC
Denver Metro Counseling is a group of clinicians who provide therapy and counseling Denver, Colorado for teens, adults, parents, and families. We provide supportive therapy online and in-person for teens and adults helping them learn to manage life obstacles and create a path toward a rich, meaningful life.