One of the benefits of therapy is that is allows you the room and support needed to process (and change) various patterns of emotion, thought, and behavior. This is something that is not only beneficial for you as an individual but can also often positively affect your relationships. Here are three reasons why individual therapy is good for your relationships.
1. Therapy gets you talking.
In therapy you talk about you, your life, your struggles, and your victories. You learn how to talk about what you are thinking and feeling. Being able to intentionally communicate within your relationships is huge. Not everyone knows how to communicate well. We live in a day and age where conversations are becoming more and more technology based and this can complicate the issue of communication further. Being able to talk through your experiences, needs, and emotions can not only increase your own insight but also provide you room to practice the actual skill of communication.
2. Personal coping skills can change your relationships.
Therapy doesn't work if you go, listen, talk, and then just leave. You need to act on the things you are learning. As you strive to make changes, those changes will affect every aspect of your life. The more you learn about yourself, the easier it is to know how to engage in appropriate self care and coping skills. One thing to remember is that the only person you can change is you. But we do not live in a vacuum. When you are willing to change yourself, the chances of your relationships changing will also increase. As you learn how to cope with anxiety, depression or anything else that you are struggling with, it relieves pressure that was on your relationship. Learning to take care of yourself is one of the best gifts you can give to those who love you.
3. You take an honest look at yourself.
Therapy can help you improve your relationship with yourself. It can help you gain insights into your own needs, boundaries, and patterns of behavior. Understanding more about your own patterns can also provide insight regarding what is may be like to be in a relationship with you. This is a great way to improve communication and an overall sense of connection with those in your life.
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