What is therapy?

Many people decide to do therapy ‘to feel better’. Life presents many challenges, and therapy is a way of getting some support to face them.

There are different kinds of therapies for our bodies and our minds. When someone says, ‘I am doing therapy’, it often means they see a mental health professional on a regular or semi-regular basis.

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People come to therapy for lots of different reasons:

  • feeling bad, sad and feeling lonely
  • feeling ‘stuck’
  • feeling angry, having difficulties dealing with anger
  • difficulties in relationships
  • experiencing of depression and anxiety
  • experiencing of low self-esteem and shame
  • cross-cultural concerns
  • LGBTQIA+ and identity
  • addictive and compulsive behaviours
  • perinatal mental health
  • adjusting to change and transitions in our lives, like changing jobs or moving
  • loss and grief
  • living with trauma, whether trauma is from an event, an emotionally hurtful person, being discriminated against, or trauma that’s passed down generations.