Therapy usually costs money and like anything that attracts a financial transaction. There follows an inevitable questions; ‘is the amount I’m paying worth what I get in return?’ This might be easier to weigh when the benefits are tangible, but therapy can often be opaque with a goal that might shift during the therapy itself. So how do we go about quantifying therapeutic value?
What is the power of therapy?
There are lots of reasons why you might consider going to a therapist, whether that is because you’re processing a transition, facing a major life event or dealing with personal or relationship issues. No matter what the reason you decide to go to therapy, this powerful process can have an impact on your life in a number of very positive ways.
- Improving the way that you communicate with others – but also your internal scripts and beliefs about yourself.
- Increasing self-awareness and empowering you to make decisions about what you want next for your life.
- Unlearning old unhealthy habits and learning how to make better choices.
- Establishing new coping strategies that can give you tools for tough situations.
- Evaluating and treating mental health issues and emotional and behavioural problems.
- Improving collaboration and dynamics between family members and couples.
- Resolving conflict and rebuilding lost trust.
- Creating stronger bonds in relationships and learning how to support each other through challenging times.
What is the value of therapy?
This is just a small snapshot of what can really be achieved with therapy. The process is highly individual and one that is tailored to the needs of the client(s) as well as the specific situation that they currently face. But, given that it requires not just a financial investment but also one of time and emotional commitment, how do you know if you’re getting a return on that?
- The benefits of being truly heard. One of the advantages that many people start to feel straight away during therapy is the simple act of being heard. The therapy room is a space where you are the focus and being able to unburden and talk about issues that may have built up over a number of years can be incredibly valuable. For many people, being listened to - and truly heard by someone practiced at focused listening - can be a transformative experience.
- Creating the tools for life. Some people look at the investment made in therapy as the equivalent of spending money on equipment for your job, for example laptops and devices or a car. The tools of therapy can enable you to live the way you want to live and reach the goals that you set for yourself - without it you may simply not be equipped to make progress and move on in life. That can shine a new light on what therapy really offers in terms of value.
It’s not easy to understand what the process of therapy can provide until you’ve seen the results for yourself. For many people, the true value of working with a therapist is being able to enjoy a life well-lived.
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