What difference does therapy make?

The decision to seek therapy is typically prompted when someone is facing a personal or professional dilemma that has become too overwhelming to deal with alone. Reaching the decision to get help can create different emotions in everyone; some may experience feelings of relief once they have decided to get support, while others may experience feelings of embarrassment or discomfort. Even though it is not always an easy decision to make, taking this step can often lead to a more fulfilling life experience.


Life will continue to present you with challenges.

But being capable of tolerating uncomfortable feelings associated with your conflicts can make all the difference during difficult times. Therapy offers the opportunity to develop the skills and abilities necessary to be resilient as well as regain control over your life.

The therapeutic experience allows for self-examination.

Developing a sound sense of self and understanding what motivates your behaviors, thoughts and emotions has the ability to change the way you relate to yourself and others, thereby rendering the ability to engage in more satisfying social, emotional and professional relationships.

Therapy is a process and not an event.

This is an important distinction because we exist in a society interested in immediate gratification rather than taking the time necessary to create long-term resolution to problems. Human behavior is complex. When you have serious or recurrent issues that you grapple with and elect to resolve them with the fastest means possible, often that success is short-lived. An important goal of therapy is to equip each person participating in treatment with the capability to solve problems in a meaningful way.

Like any other relationship, the relationship between the therapist and client requires a deep sense of trust in order for personal growth to take place. When you are prepared to disclose intimate details of your life, a sense of safety is paramount.


We need to know that we are not being judged before we are able to let our guard down and become vulnerable.

A healthy relationship with a therapist affords the opportunity to evaluate parts of yourself that are difficult to acknowledge so that you too can stop judging yourself and begin a path toward forgiveness and self-acceptance.

An important component of therapy is the collaborative relationship between the therapist and the client.

This means that as the client you are able to contribute your own thoughts, goals and objectives that you see fit to achieve the desired outcome. As clients, your role is just as significant as the therapist; therefore a feeling of equality rather than authority should exist within the relationship.

Erin Beato, MA, LLP, PC

Erin Beato, MA, LLP, PC