What is Therapy?

“Research has found that psychotherapy is effective for most people, for most problems, most of the time. In fact, about 14 percent of those who call for an appointment begin to feel better just by making the appointment” . —A Consumer’s Guide to Psychotherapy: A Complete Guide to Choosing the Therapist and Treatment that’s Right for You, by Beutler, Bongar, and Shurkin, p. 37

Therapy is an opportunity to self-reflect with an objective person. Therapists can help clients learn more effective ways to examine and solve problems on their own. The goal of the therapist is to help people heal.

People consider therapy when they simply don’t feel good about the way that things are going in their lives. This dissatisfaction with life is often marked by the repetition of unwanted behavior, but can also be experienced as a general malaise or lasting “funk.” These feelings are often the result of a particularly difficult experience, everyday relationship problems, or an unspecified desire for change in one’s life. Many people also turn to therapy if they are seeking a supportive relationship with an objective person.

Clients learn to understand themselves through therapy sessions. As people learn to understand reasons for past decisions and beliefs, they tend to become more forgiving of themselves and others.

Although our focus is predominantly on respecting each individual’s ideology and worldview, at the PSC we also believe that to offer the greatest benefit to our clients it is essential to utilize the most current knowledge, research and insight. Therefore, there are appropriate times for the therapist to question the client’s beliefs, for it is often the act of questioning presupposed beliefs that leads to the greatest growth.

The goal of therapy is growth. There is no single “right” reason for therapy.