As someone who is in the Psychology field, psychotherapy is something that I obviously believe in. After all, I wouldn’t pursue a doctorate in this field if I don’t think psychotherapy is beneficial. Psychotherapy (or sometimes referred to as therapy or counseling) is something that I truly believe work for a number of people. It does take some time to find a therapist that you like but just trying it out might definitely help put things in a different perspective. Surprisingly enough, I have never had therapy with a mental health professional until I started my doctorate program. As part of a doctorate program in Psychology, a requirement of 50 hours of personal therapy is required for graduation. This is to ensure that psychologists understand and can relate to being the patient, and also experience the different theoretical methods and techniques on a first hand basis. This could also help with any personal issues they may be working through that could hinder their ability to help others. But anyway, my experience with my therapy has been overall positive. I have had a CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) oriented therapist, attachment based therapist, eclectic therapist, and individual and group therapy. Though I did not think all my therapists were excellent clinicians, I learned from all of them. I generally prefer individual therapy over group but I found them both to have benefits. There is definitely something to talking to someone for almost an hour, with no judgement, that puts concerns or issues in a different perspective. I personally think that being heard and knowing you are being heard in itself is therapeutic, so no matter the theoretical orientation of your therapist, you will walk away feeling better. So yes, I think therapy is important as mental health is just as important as physical health. I think therapy can benefit most people, even those who have no specific issues that may bring them to therapy. It is surprising what comes up through the process and the changes to your mental well being that occurs as therapy progresses.