I understand the decision to go to a therapist is a difficult one. Besides the practical considerations of time and money, there is the emotional consideration of whether you are ready to ask for support and to open up to a therapist. Usually people see a therapist because of challenges in their life. So therapy can bring up uncomfortable feelings so people choose not to engage a therapist.
But you are not alone; many people need therapy but many people do not seek help. Research indicates that one in five Australians aged 16 to 85 years will experience a mental disorder, including anxiety and depression, each year and almost half will experience a mental disorder in their lifetime. Approximately three million Australians each year experience a mild to moderate level of mental illness whilst 690,000 Australians each year experience severe mental illness. These statistics do not include people who are struggling with certain problems but do not have a mental illness. Worryingly, less than half of people struggling in various areas of life access treatment each year.
Remember, therapy is beneficial.
It is normal for people to experience some anxiety before starting therapy. It is also common that people feel worse before they feel better. However, people do feel better with time. With time you experience an increased familiarity of the process of therapy, a closer relationship with me, your therapist, and an increased understanding of yourself.
I will discuss the effectiveness of therapy in a future post. Stay tuned.