Therapy has both benefits and challenges and here is some that I have encountered within my work: 

BENEFITS

  • Increase self- awareness

  • Cultivate

  • Improve ability to communicate within interpersonal relationships

  • Opportunity to practice new ways of communicating

  • Uncover your own insights/inner wisdom

  • Space to express oneself in an honest way

  • Carved out time for YOU to work towards change and acceptance

  • Ability to explore range of emotions in a non-judgmental and safe space.

  • Increase energy and zest for life.

  • Let go of ineffective guilt/shame

  • Improve ability to cope with stressors

  • Learn ways to engage in self care

  • Learn ways to love oneself, develop self compassion, identify positive self attributes

  • Begin the process of healing from trauma and/or stressful events in life.

  • Learn and practice ways to set boundaries with others.

  • Uncover your passion/calling in life is and taking steps to reach it

  • Improve sleep and decrease restlessness

Challenges

  • Shift in dynamics in relationships

  • Recognize truth around when to let go of people and relationships that don’t serve you

  • Can bring up painful feelings/experiences that may feel like too much at times

  • Not leaving therapy every time feeling "happy"

  • Take a look into one's internal self and ways of being in world

  • Learn about one's responsibility and role person plays in relation to others

  • Awareness of how schemas/beliefs one has learned/internalized growing up may not be congruent with self now.

  • Family/friends/partners may struggle with adapting to your changing self

  • Building trust & developing rapport with therapist

  • Prior experience in therapy that wasn't positive or not the right fit with fear to try again

  • Being assertive with your therapist of what you like and don't like in therapy.