Therapy can help you to get what you want from life. One of the first steps of therapy is to create a safe, working relationship with your therapist. Another first step is to help to lower stress, so you can be able to think, feel and have a starting place to explore yourself, externally and internally. This part of treatment includes reduction of anxiety, working through depression, and striving to deescalate PTSD and relationship problems.
Distress usually brings people into counseling. However, reducing stress is usually only the first phase of getting help, although that by itself can make a world of difference for people in pain. A second phase of treatment often includes exploring who you are, how you feel about yourself, and what you want as a person in the world. It also involves exploring not only your important and inmost wishes and needs, as well as what you may be afraid would happen if you started to be yourself as you are, on your terms.
Research shows that individual therapy is a cost effective way to improve physical and relational health outcomes, results in improved quality of life, as well as in reduction of mental and emotional distress.