Imagine Health

Talk Therapy

There is often a negative stigma associated with attending talk therapy. Often people feel the need to talk about their emotions is weak or shameful. This stigma is often the reason why people avoid seeking help. With mental illnesses affecting 1 in 4 people in Ireland it is important to be aware of the benefits of talk therapies.

Therapy is very useful in helping with a range of problems e.g. anxiety, phobias and depression. Research has found that talk therapy is effective and incredibly beneficial in helping people to manage their mental health.

Talk therapy is for anyone who has gone or is going through a tough time or has emotional problems they can’t deal with alone. Talk therapy addresses not just the symptoms but also the causes of the individual’s problems.

Some problems are easier to talk about with a stranger than a friend or family member. During talk therapy therapists listen and help to solve your problems in a confidential and non-judgemental manner. The therapist allows time to talk, cry and even just think. This gives the individual the opportunity to talk about their problems with someone who will respect them and their opinions.


There are many benefits in attending talk therapy such as:

  • Significantly improves emotional and psychological symptoms
  • The individual does not have to manage or face problems alone
  • Helps to resolve personal issues with guidance and support
  • Talk therapy aids in making personal changes with behaviour patterns and thought processes
  • Makes it easier to return to a healthy or healthier status
  • Helps to improve how the individual manages conflict in relationships
  • Physical symptoms also can be treated with talk therapy such as headaches and stomach pains.
  • Talk therapy has long term affects and will help the individual manage future problems in a healthier manner.

Successful therapy provides a place where the individual can develop trust with the therapist and feel understood and cared about. The individual will also feel more emotionally supported through difficult and painful moments. It is also important that the therapist and individual share an optimistic view regarding the outcome from therapy and also believe in the individual’s courage to cope.


There are many different types of therapies but all have the same aim- to help the individual feel better. Here are some examples: