Psychotherapy still often remains a taboo and a topic that is insufficiently discussed. Many often wonder who needs psychotherapy, what it is and what the criteria for it are. Nonetheless, there is still a lot of reluctance to speak about it openly.
It is usually assumed that someone needs psychotherapy only when mental health issues get to the point of severe disturbance in their life. So, when does one need psychotherapy and in what cases?
To be able to tell that we have to first know what psychotherapy is. Psychotherapy is not only curing mental disorders and other mental pathologies. It is essentially a way of challenging views people have of themselves, people around them and the views they have of the world. Since these views are distorted and pose a problem in a person’s perception of themselves, relations they have with others and how they view their place in the world, psychotherapy is a way to change them and align them to reality.
If, for instance, someone is finding themselves constantly succumbing to other people’s wishes, just to avoid conflict and at the same time finding themselves feeling guilty or worthless when in fact they do face a conflict, this will most probably be something that derives out of distortion of their frame of reference.
Another example would be someone that constantly finds themselves in exploitive or unfaithful intimate relationships or is constantly let down by others. If this is a common pattern in one’s life it is highly likely that both conscious and subconscious drives are in place that motivate one to enter such relationships.
Burnout is also often perceived as something that has little to do with psychological factors. People often think that burnout will occur purely out of physical exhaustion of working too much. This is a pure misconception. Burnout does not occur without the presence of, at least to some extent, distortion of one’s view of themselves. This makes burnout predominantly a psychological issue and something that can be in fact solved by therapy and not physical rest.
These are just three examples showing that even issues that are often part of a perfectly mentally sound and healthy person, can well be reasons for one to enter psychotherapy. This way they will be able to change their patterns of feeling, thinking and behaviour, and hence increase their quality of life and relationships.
You do not need to have serious mental health problems to benefit from psychotherapy. Moreover, this way you can at least prevent serious issues from occurring.