Why Talk Therapy?
Chances are, if you’re not in therapy, someone you know is. A recent survey, commissioned by Psychology Today, found that 27% of Americans (approximately 59 million people) made use of psychological services within the two years prior to the survey. Of those who did seek counseling, an overwhelming majority of respondents (80%) reported that it was effective. Those are some pretty encouraging numbers!
People are making use of talk therapy like never before, as the stigma against seeing a counselor decreases and confidence in the effectiveness of counseling increases. 40% of adults believe that their parents would have benefited from counseling. Reasons for seeking counseling can include:
- Marital and relationship issues
- Trauma and post-traumatic stress
- Work-related issues
- Personality disorders
- Family and parenting issues
- Behavior modification, such as quitting smoking
- Eating disorders
According to the Psychology Today study, there were certain key factors that people considered when choosing a therapist for their presenting problem. They include:
- cost, out of pocket
- insurance coverage
- location (close to work or home)
- referral from a physician
However, it is interesting to note that survey participants identified very different criteria as being necessary to having a successful therapy experience. These include:
- therapist’s listening skills
- therapist’s personality
- personal connection with therapist
- therapist being active in session
Now that you know that therapy has proven so effective, perhaps you are ready to give it a try. If so, I encourage you to take the time to find the therapist who is right for you. After all, therapy is an important investment of time and money into your personal well-being. If you would like to speak to an experienced, licensed mental health counselor in Orlando, please contact Life Enhancement Counseling Services today at 407-443-8862 to make an appointment.