Benefits and Risks of Therapy
Most people engaging in therapy achieve beneficial results. Through therapy, you may gain a clearer understanding of the assumptions you hold about yourself and the world around you.
You may gain insight into your goals and values, and develop skills to help you achieve those goals. Counselling can become the setting in which you are free to explore and analyze the effects of past experiences on you today. Some people are surprised to achieve positive changes and insights that were not expected or planned.
Therapy does, however, have potential risks. Treatment takes time and requires you to rehash and re-experience events in your life that may cause you discomfort and evoke strong emotions. The ultimate goal of therapy is to set you free of symptoms so you can be aware and experience your life to its full potential. It is a process of self-exploration and growth. This requires change, and all change can be effortful, scary, and disruptive to current conditions.
Thus, you may find that therapy will make you feel worse before you begin to feel better. It is important that these possibilities are considered before you decide to engage in therapy. However, if you do choose to move forward, you and your counsellor will work together to manifest the goals of therapy in the best way possible.
For more information about working with a counsellor, please read What Does a Counsellor Do and What Does a Counsellor Not Do.