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The Benefits of Going to a Therapist

Updated: Jun 13

In today's fast-paced world, mental health is finally gaining the recognition it deserves. With increased awareness, more people are considering therapy to cope with various challenges. To understand the benefits of going to a therapist, I chatted with Diana Akan, AMFT, an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at the Payson Family Clinic in Payson, UT, about the importance of therapy, when it might be necessary, and its overall impact.

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When Should You Consider Therapy?

Therapy can be beneficial for many reasons, but knowing when to seek help is crucial. Diana says that therapy is often recommended if someone is experiencing prolonged periods of low mood and is struggling to cope, significant life changes, and/or unresolved past conflicts.


Other possible reasons why talking with a therapist may be helpful include:

  • Family Conflict: Unresolved family issues, such as conflicts with parents or siblings, can significantly impact an

  • Impact of Past Experiences: Adults may realize that their current struggles are rooted in past experiences, such as growing up in a single-parent household or witnessing frequent parental conflicts. Therapy can help process these past events and their impact on present behavior and emotions.

  • Relationship Issues: Newlyweds or couples experiencing frequent and intense arguments might benefit from therapy to develop healthier communication and conflict-resolution skills.

  • Overwhelming Stress: Feeling overwhelmed by stress, whether from work, relationships, or other sources, is a strong indicator that therapy could be beneficial. A therapist can provide tools and strategies to manage stress effectively.


How Does Therapy Help?

  • Understanding and Coping: Therapy helps individuals understand their emotions and thoughts better. This self-awareness can lead to more effective coping strategies for dealing with low mood and stress.

  • Resolving Conflicts: Through therapy, individuals can explore family conflicts and past experiences in a safe environment. This exploration can lead to resolution and a better understanding of oneself and others.

  • Improving Relationships: Couples therapy can improve communication and help partners understand each other better, reducing the frequency and intensity of arguments.

  • Managing Stress: Therapy provides practical tools to manage and reduce stress, leading to improved overall well-being.


The Role of Insurance

Some insurance carriers cover therapy visits, which can make it more accessible. It’s essential to check with your insurance provider to understand what mental health services are covered. This can alleviate the financial burden and encourage more individuals to seek the help they need.


The Therapist's Perspective

Diana shared while every case is unique and some situations can be challenging, the overall goal is to provide positive outcomes for clients. Success in therapy often involves overcoming obstacles and finding effective solutions tailored to each individual’s needs.


Therapy offers numerous benefits, from improved mental health and self-awareness to better relationships and stress management. Recognizing when to seek therapy is the first step towards better mental health. With the support of therapists like Diana and the potential coverage from insurance carriers, therapy can be a valuable resource for anyone struggling with mental health challenges.


If you’re feeling overwhelmed, experiencing prolonged low mood, or facing unresolved conflicts, consider reaching out to a therapist. Taking this step can lead to a healthier, more fulfilling life.


If you are interested in meeting Diana or another qualified therapist, you can schedule an appointment with a licensed therapist at Payson Family Clinic at (801) 852-3805.


If you need assistance understanding what your health insurance covers regarding mental health or finding a plan that has mental health coverage, give Lion’s Pride Insurance a call.


If you would like more information about the key to strong mental health, read our blog "Is the Key to Strong Mental Health Actually Just Good Health Insurance?"



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