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Why Therapy - reasons to see a psychologist

Updated: Jun 2, 2023

Seeing a psychologist can be one of the most important things you do for yourself. Even if you're not in crisis, therapy can help you cultivate greater self-awareness, manage stress and anxiety, and improve your relationships with family members and friends. If you've been thinking about seeing a psychologist but haven't made it happen yet—or if you're on the fence about whether or not to invest time and money in therapy at all—here are some reasons why it's worth making that appointment:


If you feel unsatisfied with your life.

If you're not happy with your life, but don't know how to change it.

If you've tried everything from exercising to self-help books and still feel stuck in the same patterns of behaviour or unhappiness, then maybe seeing a psychologist is for you. Even if your problems are simple and straightforward (for example: "I'm sad all the time") therapy can give you context and help identify ways forward that wouldn't have been obvious otherwise.

Better relationships.

Therapy can help if you are having difficulties in your relationships; if you are finding yourself falling into the same negative patterns of relating with others, or if you constantly feel hurt by or let down by others, therapy can help. A psychologist can help you understand your patterns of relating to others so that you can make positive and healthier changes (and choices) in your relationships.

To heal from trauma or abuse.

If you've experienced trauma or abuse that is impacting upon your life, therapy can help. It can provide a safe space to explore how the past has affected the present and guide you through a process of recovery.

For help with anxiety or depression.

If you are feeling anxious or depressed and would like help coping with these feelings, a psychologist can be an important part of your treatment.

Psychologists are trained to work with people who have anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social phobia and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). They also treat depression as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

To feel more confident.

If you're looking to boost your confidence, therapy can help. A psychologist will work with you to develop new skills and learn how to tackle those self-esteem issues that might be holding you back from feeling confident in yourself. Low self-esteem can stem from abuse, trauma or bullying, so it makes sense that talking through these problems with someone who understands them can help you feel better about yourself.

Support with big life changes/events.

The truth is, we don't always know what's coming next in our lives and sometimes things happen that we don't want or expect! If you're going through a big life change right now, then seeing a psychologist could help you cope with any emotions or reactions you may have during this time.

To understand yourself better.

You can't change what has happened to you, or your past experiences, however, therapy gives you an opportunity to explore your past experiences and learn about yourself. When we know ourselves better - when we recognise our strengths and weaknesses - we can make better decisions and be more effective in our lives. We all have areas of our lives that we want to change or improve, but sometimes it's hard to know how to do this. A psychologist can help you learn and practice new skills that can help you work towards achieving your life goals.


There are many reasons to see a psychologist, but the most important one is that you deserve to feel better. It doesn't matter if your problem is depression or anxiety, relationship issues or something else entirely--therapy can help. Don't let fear keep you from getting the help that could change your life for the better!


Dr Rachel Graham
Counselling Psychologist

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