Why People Go to Therapy, Resources, and Links

Want to learn more about why people go to therapy? The following is a list of some issues commonly treated in therapy: 

A common misconception is that people who go to therapy are "crazy." On the contrary, having a mental health condition is no different than having a physical ailment; there need not be shame in seeking treatment. Also, most therapy clients are people struggling with common, everyday issues. There is virtually no "right" or "wrong" reason to enlist the help of mental health professionals. The help of the right therapist can promote self-actualization, empower self-growth, improve relationships, and reduce emotional suffering. A therapist or counselor is there to work with clients collaboratively on whatever is most distressing or important to them. Often in therapy, a client and the therapist will explore much more than just the client's initial presenting problem--that is, the main problem that brought the client to therapy. Together, the client and the therapist will decide the goals of therapy, and if the therapy should be short- or long-term.

•ADHD: Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity

•Abandonment

•Abortion Issues

•Abuse / Survivors of Abuse

•Academic Concerns​​

•Addictions and Compulsions

•Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions

•Adoption / Foster Care Issues

•Aggression and Violence

•Aging and Geriatric Issues

•Agoraphobia

•Alcohol and Drug Addiction

•Anger

•Anxiety

•Attachment Issues

•Autism Spectrum 

B

•Batterer Intervention

•Bipolar

•Blended Family Issues

•Body Image

•Breakup

•Bullying 

C

•Cancer

•Career Counseling

•Caregiver Issues / Stress

•Child and Adolescent Issues

•Chronic Illness / Disability

•Chronic Pain

•Codependency

•Commitment Issues

•Communication Problems

•Compulsive Spending / Shopping

•Control Issues

•Creative Blocks

•Cyclothymia

D

•Depression

•Dissociation​​

•Divorce / Divorce Adjustment

•Domestic Violence

•Drug and Alcohol Addiction

E

•Eating and Food Issues

•Emotional Abuse

•Emotional Intelligence

•Emotional Overwhelmed

•Emptiness 

F

•Family Problems

•Family of Origin Issues

•Fear

•Fertility Issues

•Forgiveness 

G

•Gambling Addiction

•Grief, Loss, and Bereavement

•Guilt 

H

•HIV / AIDS​​

•Health / Illness / Medical Issues

•Helplessness / Victimhood

•Hoarding 

I

•Identity Issues​​

•Inadequacy

•Individuation

•Infidelity / Affair Recovery

•Intellectual Disability

•Internet Addiction

•Irritability

•Isolation 

J

•Jealousy

L

•LGBT Issues (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender)

•Learning Difficulties

•Life Purpose 

M

•Men's Issues and Problems

•Midlife Crisis

•Mood Swings

•Multicultural Concerns 

O​​​

•Obsessions and Compulsions / OCD​

•Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teens 

P

•Panic​

•Paranoia

•Parenting

•Perfectionism

•Phobias

•Physical Abuse

•Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships

•Postpartum Depression

•Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma

•Power

•Pregnancy and Birthing

•Prejudice / Discrimination

•Premarital Counseling

•Psychosis 

R

•Rejection

•Relationships and Marriage​​

•Religious Issues 

S

•Schizophrenia

•Self-Actualization

•Self-Care

•Self-Compassion

•Self-Criticism

•Self-Doubt

•Self-Esteem

•Self-Harm

•Self-Love

•Sensitivity to Criticism

•Sex Addiction

•Sexual Abuse

•Sexuality / Sex Therapy

•Shame

•Sleep Disorders

•Smoking Cessation

•Social Anxiety / Phobia

•Somatization

•Spirituality

•Stress

•Suicide 

T

•Trust Issues

V

•Values Clarification​​​

W

•Women's Issues

•Workplace Issues

•Worry

•Worthlessness 

Y

•Young Adult Issues ​​

Mental Health Links​

The following links are listed to provide you with additional online mental health care information and counseling resources:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Developmental Disorders

NeuroWeb​

Diagnosis

DSM-5​​

Dissociation and Traumatic Stress

Sidran Institute​​

Add​itional Mental Health Care & Counseling Resources

Disaster/Trauma​

HIV/AIDS​

Keirsey (Myers-Briggs) Temperament Sorter

Note: I am not responsible for the content, claims, or representations of the sites listed above