Understanding What is Therapy and The Role of a Therapist

Updated: Jan 3

By Divya Chopra

What is Therapy?

“You’ve been through a lot and therapy can help you deal with your emotions.” Your best friend could be absolutely right and you might even agree to it. But there is a thought that keeps coming back to you each time you think about it.

“What exactly is therapy?”

Therapy is a process of treating people with mental health problems or those who find it difficult to manage their stress and emotions. It is also known as psychotherapy or talk therapy as the process mostly involves open dialogue between the client or patient and the therapist. Think of it as a series of scheduled meetings with a person whom you can talk to about your inner feelings, stressors, and anything that feels like a barrier for you to stay at peace with yourself and be happy.

While there are various types of therapy available, the approach your therapist chooses will completely depend on the nature of your situation and what goal you’re trying to achieve with the help of therapy. Once your therapist has acquired general information and knowledge about your background and gained an insight into your personality, the process of therapy will be tailored or customised according to your needs and goals to help you heal.

Table of contents:

● What is Therapy?

● Who Needs Therapy?

● What is the Role of a Therapist?

● A Safe Space for You

Who Needs Therapy?

Therapy counselling is for everyone! There is no right age, time, place or situation for you to start taking the help of therapy. Be it a teen or a 70-year old, anyone can seek therapy to overcome their personal or professional obstacles. You don’t necessarily need to have a “problem” or a “condition” to opt for therapy sessions.

However, these are 8 common situations when people generally take the guidance of a therapist:

● Addiction

● Anxiety issues

● Difficulty in managing relationships

● Sleep disorders

● Personality disorders

● Mood disorders

● Self development or improvement

● Dealing with grief

If you are someone who is dealing with any of the above mentioned mental health issues in your life, you can choose therapy. If you are someone who simply wants to live a happy and holistic life, you can choose therapy. If you are someone who just wants to talk to someone about life or your personal self without being judged, you can choose therapy.

Only you can decide whether you need the help of a therapist or not. Remember, therapy is a safe space for you to freely talk about yourself regardless of your age, gender, caste, creed, race, background or sexual orientation.

What is the Role of a Therapist?

A therapist can be a psychologist, a psychiatrist, a counsellor or a life coach. Therapist plays the most important role in your entire process of receiving therapy. They are empathetic professionals who provide unbiased guidance to their clients by catering to their needs and challenges as top-priority. They can play any of these roles. What matters is that you can talk to them about anything and everything under the Sun, be heard and receive more than just passive nods.

The prime role of a therapist is to help you make the change you are looking for in life. They do this by understanding your background and a few general things related to your life. Once they have gathered all the basic information about you, they begin their therapy based on research-based approaches backed by science. If needed, they customise their approach to best suit your goals of therapy.

One of the core pillars of therapy is that of trust between the client and the therapist. And so, the therapist would spend the first few sessions establishing a relationship that is clear, trust-worthy and open to make the client feel most comfortable in speaking their mind through a non-judgemental channel of communication.

Psychotherapists are qualified professionals who work in collaboration with their clients to help them reduce their problems and improve their quality of life. The one receiving the therapy is always included in the process. This is because a therapist is not one to tell you what to do and what not to. They lay out all possibilities for you in its true form, including the consequences of your choice, if any.

The main motive of psychotherapy is to help you realise your potential and skills and that you already have what it takes to overcome the difficulties. It takes two to make the entire process of therapy a success. Although the therapist is undoubtedly an integral part of your journey with healing, your participation in opening up to your therapist is equally important.

Remember, your therapist can only help you when you talk to them freely and share all the details of your life which you think can be remotely related to the main topic of concern. Your therapist knows whatever information you share with them about yourself and your life. Your personal progress depends on what you share with your therapist in full transparency and honesty!

A Safe Space for You

Therapy is like your own little cocoon where you and your therapist help you focus on your personal growth and development on a regular basis. The change that you most desire already lies within you. All you need to do is bring it to life to start seeing the change and that is exactly what therapists at Safe Space help you with! Whether you want to form a better relationship with your partner or want to build a better version of yourself, you can have your own safe space with us.

At Safe Space, we don’t just help you. We help you help yourself!

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