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How does therapy help? I'm severely depressed and anxious,

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How does therapy help? I'm severely depressed and anxious, but I know my thoughts are irrational and can push them aside 75% of the time. Could therapy still help me?
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>>18104612
It really depends on the person. For me, I can survive without disclosing my thoughts to anybody outside of an "anonymous" imageboard, and almost did so, but decided to give therapy a try to see what it's like. If nothing else, it's at least somewhat of a relief for me to speak openly with another human being, even if they couldn't care less about anything I ever say, and are only nodding along for a paycheck. I'm well aware of how pathetic it is, but I do it on my own terms, and am not forced to do so, so I'm able to forgive myself for paying somebody to be what essentially amounts to an emotional prostitute to me. It's interesting to see how a real person reacts to my speech. I've been solitary for so long that I nearly lost the ability to socialise properly. It's surreal to me to speak in person to another person, and have them speak to me, too. Also, it's likely a good idea to choose somebody who you won't become attracted to mentally and/or physically, ever. So as to avoid the onset of limerence and other wanton infatuations that'll only ever further complicate your situation, much to your own detriment. My therapist is admittedly attractive, but luckily for myself, I'm such an an irreversibly do, and a pathetic and apathetic idiot that it doesn't factor at all into my mental state.
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>>18104612
Vocalising your feelings makes you rationalise your feelings, and therapists usually make you reflect on the reason why you feel in a certain way or on how you could improve it.
Talking to a person who isn't part of your everyday life means you're honest about yourself without being scared of consequences.

Personally, it helped me greatly.
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>>18104612
-What brings you here, Anon?
-Well, I feel depressed and anxious.
-What about?
-Just about everything
-Well, can you start with one example?
- OK I feel . . . . .

And even if the therapist never says another word, hearing yourself say your feelings out loud will be therapeutic. But he/she probably will say more, not to solve your problems but to guide your thinking about them until you understand yourself better.

Then and only then, and maybe not even then, the therapist might suggest solutions - if you haven't worked them out for yourself in the process.
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>>18104927
>such an irreversibly depressed,***
posted that from a mobile, mobileposting is such a beach
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>>18104612
If you're able to push them aside, what do you need therapy for? I don't understand.

Everyone gets these feelings, even Chad. Therapy is for the people who have these anxieties and can't cope with them.
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>>18104612

some people just need to rant, and a therapist allows that.

other people need guidance, a therapist is almost liek a mentor, but one who studied how to be a mentor. a good therapist can analyze your problems and advise you on how to handle them.
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Yes. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the most effective mental health treatment available and will definitely improve your life somewhat, maybe hugely, and fast.
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>>18106658
Wrong. Chad is Chad because he recognizes when he feels bad and seeks help via therapy immediately instead of letting it fester. You should get to know Chad a little better IMO
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