People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
Finding a good match between a given patient and therapist is very important. If you go to one therapist and do not feel there is a good fit (due to the therapist’s skill set, personality, or other factors), it is perfectly acceptable to try someone else. A therapist should have your best interest in mind and should never be offended if you wish to check around and try someone else. In fact, the first therapist may be able to provide names of other well-regarded providers that might be a better fit.