Does Therapy Really Work?

Does Therapy Really Work?

Addressing skepticism about talk therapy.

Therapy, specifically talk therapy like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has become mainstream. We see therapy sessions depicted all the time on TV and in the movies. However, there’s still a fair amount of skepticism about this common treatment. Does talk therapy really work? How will talking about my feelings to a stranger help my issues? Why is everyone raving about therapy? If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, this article is for you. We’ll address some of the benefits of therapy and how to make it work for you.

A Judgement-free Zone

One of the major benefits of going to therapy is that the therapist’s job is to reserve judgment and offer non-biased listening and counsel. We can all chat with our family or friends about our issues. However, they won’t have the same level of distance and perspective as the therapist. When people start therapy, it’s often refreshing to be able to talk openly and freely without judgment. 


Talking openly and honestly about your life — the good, the bad, and the in-between moments helps you to gain a clearer perspective on yourself and your needs, as well as your strengths and shortcomings. When you’re open to the process, therapy can actually help you gain greater insights into yourself, simply by talking it out.

“It works if you work it…”

Much like the 12-Steps, you’re only going to get from therapy what you put in. This means that if you’re not open to the therapeutic process, it probably won’t “work.” On the other hand, if you’re willing to open up and do the work on yourself and stay committed, therapy can work wonders. It’s all up to you.


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