Whether it’s physical, cognitive therapy or another kind, it requires a lot from the person receiving it. Fortunately, those efforts are rewarded with many benefits, including ones that go beyond the original scope of the therapy. It also has its challenges, which can impact other areas of life.
While the phrase turning a corner might have become a cliche, many people still experience that moment in therapy. It’s from this point that they start noticing the positive effects in other parts of their life. A change in emotional state often leads to improved relationships, but there are many other benefits.
Relationships During Therapy
While therapy can take its toll on relationships, the process can also improve them. A person’s relationship with their significant other is often the most affected. Time, stress and frustration are all part of the burden, as the person receiving therapy has to commit and go through some difficult processes, whether that’s physical, emotional or both.
Therapy requires working with another, honesty and openness. These are all crucial components of intimacy. Once those ‘muscles’ are exercised in therapy, they can be used elsewhere.
Improvements in the physical and emotional bonds are two key changes. Whether a person has been married for 30 years, is in a committed relationship or is exploring sex dating for couples, the benefits can be felt.
Therapy Is a Journey
It’s common for people to get worse before they get better. Therapy is a twisting and turning journey. Physical therapy involves challenges that push the body, cognitive therapy does the same to the mind, and all types of therapy challenge emotions and unresolved issues. Fortunately, once people start to see some benefits, their effort and commitment to therapy often maintain or increase.
The target area of the therapy is where the effects are most noticed, seen and felt. However, as the process continues, it causes additional changes. New ways of thinking can come about thanks to the formation of new pathways. Increased awareness or improved neuroplasticity connects to a wide range of lesser-known benefits.
Lesser-Known Benefits of Therapy
Most, although not all, therapy starts with a diagnosis. The problem that’s been identified is the target of the therapy. However, in many cases, the issue is much more complex and needs to be broken down into component parts or dealt with holistically from many sides. Even so, the process typically has one or two primary aims and possibly some secondary ones.
While working to achieve those goals, the person receiving therapy can experience some additional benefits. Therapy of all types enhances our well-being, and these positive side effects help to boost that. Here are some of the advantages of therapy that people experience but don’t always measure or notice.
Acceptance and Solutions
A significant point that’s part of most therapeutic processes is accepting that something needs to change or something new needs to be added. Whether it’s rehabilitation, music therapy or talking therapy, an element of acceptance is involved. While going through this process doesn’t always transform a person’s life, it does lay the groundwork for seeing how acceptance can lead to finding solutions.
Once someone is open to doing something differently, they get to benefit from the relief of receiving help and working with someone to find solutions. These solutions take time and effort but bring rewards. These rewards reinforce the benefits of the process of acceptance, solutions and resolution. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) focuses on this exact outcome.
Active participation in therapy at whatever level gives people a sense of agency. Thanks to the primary aim of the treatment, they might feel more in control of their body, their emotional state and their thoughts. Having your body do what you ask of it is undoubtedly a positive outcome. Plus, there are much wider impacts on well-being connected to this.
It’s a form of care and respect to show up for therapy. A person who knows that they took action to improve their life forms a better relationship with themselves. An improved relationship with oneself often spills over to other relationships. The sense of control has other benefits. It can encourage a person to be more mindful of setting appropriate limits in other areas of their life.
As people gain control through therapies of all kinds, they also grow in confidence. People change the way they see themselves, their capabilities, and, most importantly, their ability to do something about their circumstances. It improves their self-esteem, which is often a targeted issue when it comes to counselling.
Low self-esteem is often an undetected underlying issue in many cases. It can be connected to physical and cognitive issues as well as emotional ones. Some people can start therapy feeling that any intervention is pointless. However, the commitment from therapists and the small changes they see can slowly build a more positive outlook and view of themselves.
Knowing Your Body and Mind
The exercise and therapy sessions that a person takes part in involve considerable lengths of time where they’re the focus. Both the body and the mind are active, no matter what type of therapy it is. This prolonged and intense attention can be uncomfortable for some. However, it’s often enlightening.
As people sit with themselves, watch their bodies work and recognise their thought patterns, they see themselves in a new light. Another part of acceptance is seeing ourselves for who we are and who we choose to be. Undergoing therapies can slowly reveal that in a way that helps people form better connections with themselves.
Our relationships, living arrangements, work and daily life rely on good communication. All of these areas can improve thanks to the added benefit of enhanced communication that comes from rehabilitation, art workshops and other therapies. Whether expressing ourselves in the main aim of the session or just a necessary part of achieving a goal, communication is essential.
People participating in treatments and activities need to identify their issues and speak up when in pain. They also need to listen to instructions and answer questions. Honest answers are the fastest way to acceptance and then finding solutions. It’s one of the most valuable communication lessons, too.
The positive impacts of therapy spread to relationships with significant others, ideas of self and a person’s daily life. While they might not always be apparent, they’re a vital part of the process nonetheless.
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