Finding the right therapist often takes some time and work, but it is worth the effort to find someone that you are comfortable with. The connection you have with your therapist is essential. You need someone who you can trust, someone you feel comfortable talking to about difficult subjects and intimate secrets, someone who will be a partner in your recovery.
Therapy cannot be effective unless you have a good bond with your therapist, so taking the time to find someone that works best with you is key. Therapy can be an effective treatment for mental and emotional problems. But in order to reap its benefits, it’s important to choose the right therapist, someone you trust who makes you feel cared for and has the experience to help you make changes for the better in your life. A good therapist helps you to become stronger and more self-aware. But your therapist cannot do the work for you. In order to make the most of your sessions, you must be an active participant.
Laurie Grengs at the The International Center for the Attainment of Love and Joy has worked for thirty years as a successful individual therapist, providing comfort and a place free of judgment to her clients.
Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive person makes you feel better. It can be very healing, in and of itself, to voice your worries or talk about something that’s weighing on your mind. And it feels good to be listened to, and to know that someone else cares about you and wants to help you. Although it may seem the best to talk to your close friends and family members, sometimes we need help that the people around us are unable to provide. When you need extra support, an outside perspective or a place that you feel like you can be unjudged and discuss issues you may have with the closest people to you, an individual therapist can provide you with what you need. Therapists are professionally-trained listeners who can help you get to the root of your problems, overcome emotional challenges, and make positive changes in your life.
You don’t have to be diagnosed with a mental health problem to benefit from therapy. Many people in therapy seek help for everyday concerns: relationship problems, job stress, or self-doubt, for example. Others turn to therapy during difficult times, such as a divorce, grief, or times of big change that can cause anxiety or depression.