I see it as a useful tool. I've been numerous times, spanning several decades. In hindsight, what I've concluded, is it's mostly just good 1) When you're a youth, teen, or 20's. During that time, a therapist may help in areas where your parents blew it. They can help you with self esteem and guidance as those are the years personality and ego are formed. During your late teens and early 20's, they're are great to help you with goals and sticking to them. Plus someone to bounce stuff off of. After those years, they are manly good for either 1) occasional visits such as after a job loss, divorce, etc. 2) Good for people who are single and have no one. 3) Marriage counseling,. Other than that, I'm not convinced they can help you with things like personality disorders, depression, anxiety, etc. any better than your friends can. Then again, what they will probably have you do is make new friends at a gym, church, club, 12 step meeting, etc.
· 3 years ago