By: Amanda Trice, M.A.
As a psychology doctoral student at Xavier University, I have seen the positive impact that psychotherapy can have. As a Psychology Trainee at the Psychological Services Center, I have seen how psychotherapy can change the lives of students and community members alike.
September 25 is National Psychotherapy Day. Sponsored by The Psychotherapy Foundation and supported by the American Psychological Association, National Psychotherapy Day is a day when clinicians, clients, and therapy advocates unite to promote the profession, fight stigma, educate the public and draw attention to the needs of community mental health.
Psychotherapy is a professional conversation focused on increasing self-awareness and mental, emotional, and relational well-being. You may wonder why psychotherapy is worth the time, money, and effort. Why therapy? Because it’s needed, it’s effective, its impact lasts and it’s holistic.
It’s Needed: Research says somewhere between 30-50% of adults experience deep emotional difficulty at some point in their life, and common sense tells us that even these staggering numbers may be a bit low. At some point, almost everyone needs someone to talk to. It’s Effective: People generally have fewer negative emotional symptoms and report experiencing a higher overall quality of life after receiving therapy. Its Impact Lasts: People who receive psychotherapy actually continue to improve and flourish long after it ends. With many things in life, it’s “use it or lose it.” Not so with psychotherapy. Life after therapy can carry lasting healing, growth, and positive change. It’s Holistic: We live in a medical age where it seems easier (and quicker) to just “pop a pill.” Eye-opening new research suggests that 1 in 5 Americans use at least one psychiatric drug. Not only is this alarming but potentially harmful to our health. Through psychotherapy, you can do something good for your mind and body while avoiding these physical side effects.
National Psychotherapy Day provides an opportunity to educate the public and advocate for the usefulness and importance of psychotherapy.