Talk therapy for everyday problems
Studies consistently show that talking with a therapist can be as effective as medication when struggling with depression, anxiety, obsessive- compulsive behavior and other psychological problems.
But therapy can also be extremely helpful for tackling and solving problems of everyday living.
Therapists can facilitate insight and help people examine attitudes and feelings, adopt more constructive behaviors, formulate and meet important goals and discover healthy solutions to troubling problems or situations.
In fact, evidence continues to mount for a biological basis to benefits of talk therapy.
A study published in the May 2007 issue of “Psychological Science” revealed that those who are able to verbalize their feelings in an environment where they feel safe from negative judgment experience changes in brain activity, with a damping down of areas responsible for strong emotions accompanied by activation of the area responsible for controlling impulsive behavior.
Any issue that requires careful assessment or generates strong emotions or conflicts can be effectively addressed and resolved with talk therapy, including making life-changing decisions, shyness, problems with self-esteem, excessive anger, guilt or fear, relationship or family problems, conflicts at work, behaviors or thoughts that are adversely affecting your life, facing serious health problems, excessive stress, adjustment to change and coping with grief, isolation, loss and struggling with addiction to alcohol and drugs.
Rather than wrestling with troubling issues on your own, consider seeing a mental health professional.
Your doctor can be a source of direction for the type of therapy thought to be most effective for you.
The key is finding a professional with whom you can communicate easily and who is knowledgeable about your particular concerns.
If you don’t feel a basic sense of support and rapport, continue your search for a better “fit.”
If you are using managed care benefits, ask your insurance company representative for a complete list of approved providers in your area so that you have a pool of possibilities.