Therapy is a wonderful resource for anyone; it helps you find coping mechanisms and strategies to overcome and resolve problems in your past and in day-to-day life. It’s designed to help you deal with negative triggers, stressful situations, and work through issues that span all from boosting your confidence to tackling trauma.
However, therapy does so much more than a lot of people realize. For example, did you know that therapy (not physical therapy) can help ease physical pain as well?
There are many lesser known benefits to attending therapy or counseling, and we wanted to go over some of those today. Let’s get started.
Therapy Can Help With Compulsion
You don’t need to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) to find it hard to overcome compulsions. We all get urges to behave in a certain way that are difficult, if not seemingly impossible to overcome.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is specifically designed to help you consciously change how you react to certain compulsive tendencies and stimuli. It can help you identify what caused the reaction, and help you control it.
Exposure therapy is also wonderful for this as well. Your therapist will ease you into situations that trigger your compulsive responses and help you work through it in real time. This is done at your pace; your therapist should never force you to do anything that you do not want to do.
Substance Use Disorders
Substance use disorders literally change the way your brain functions and how it responds to stimuli, and is very often paired with other disorders such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Therefore therapy is used to treat the whole problem, not only the addiction.
Addiction counseling primarily uses cognitive-behavioral therapy to help recognize, avoid, and cope. It also helps break the addiction’s reward system. The reward system is meant to stimulate your brain’s natural reward circuit so you can re-associate feeling good with healthy habits instead of drug use. It’s essentially training your brain to respond positively to being drug free, instead of relying on drugs to feel good.
Many reputable clinics pair counseling and addiction treatment. For ideas on where to start, visit Direct2Recovery.
When you feel depressed, you don’t just feel it in your mind. Your whole body responds. You may feel fatigued or sore, or have indigestion. Therefore, therapy can help relieve physical pain that is associated with stress, trauma, or other conditions.
For example, those with anxiety often feeling the following:
- Stomach Pain
- Rapid Breathing Or Shortness Of Breath
- Muscle Tension
Therapy can help you work through your anxiety, which in turn lessens and relieves the physical symptoms that come with it!
Obstacles in Relationships
There is an old saying out there: you can’t love anyone until you love yourself. While we don’t believe that’s fully true, there it does have some merit.
You don’t need to be depressed, have trauma, or be in a failing relationship to go to therapy. At its core, therapy is simply about improving yourself and accepting yourself. It’s about boosting your confidence and helping your approach harder topics, whether personal or with others.
When it comes to relationships, talking with a therapist can help you discover what you really need out of a relationship, it can improve your confidence and communication skills, and help you understand why you and your partner react to certain things the way you do. It’s about identifying your own emotional hurdles and learning how to overcome them so both you and your partner can develop a deeper bond.
There’s no fuss and no drama. Your partner doesn’t even have to be in the session with you. After all, you don’t need to enroll in couples therapy if you don’t want to! It’s all your choice and is about what you need.
Seeing A New Perspective
This one might be a little more well known than the others on this list. It is a tad obvious, we suppose. However, therapy is one of the best ways to see new perspectives. It helps open your eyes and broaden your horizons about your own self. It’s a deep dive inward reflection. Just because it’s all about you, doesn’t mean you know all of the answers though.
In other words, therapists are trained to help you see every perspective of the problem and acknowledge that what you thought you know might not actually be the reality. You can make life-shattering revelations, or small and simple understandings that help your world (and the world around you) make more sense.
It’s actually pretty cool once you think about it.
That’s it! Those are the lesser known benefits of therapy. Did you know any of them? Let us know!