Do I Have to Have a Mental Illness to Go to Therapy?

Apr 17, 2024

It is a common misconception that therapy is only for people with severe mental illnesses or those labelled as “crazy.” While therapy can indeed be highly effective for individuals with mental health conditions, it is also a valuable and excellent choice for anyone who wants to talk through their issues, gain insights, and improve their overall well-being.

A lot of different types of people go to therapy, in fact, it is quite normal, and even recommended.

Psychotherapy: A Great Type of Therapy

Psychotherapy, often referred to as talk therapy, is a collaborative process between a trained psychotherapist and a client. It focuses on providing a safe and supportive space for individuals to explore their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and experiences. 

Unlike regular therapy aimed specifically at treating mental health disorders, psychotherapy is broader in scope and can address various life challenges and personal growth goals.

One crucial distinction is that psychotherapy does not involve the use of medications. Instead, it relies on therapeutic techniques, discussions, and interventions tailored to each client’s needs and goals.

Should I See A Therapist?

While the choice is entirely yours, here are some common situations or scenarios for which therapy is a great help and that may inspire you to go to therapy:

Life Transitions

Are you navigating significant life changes such as career transitions, relationship issues, or adjusting to a new phase of life? Private counselling can provide guidance, support, and coping strategies during these transitions.

Stress and Anxiety

Do you often feel overwhelmed, anxious, or unable to cope with daily stressors? Therapy can help you identify triggers, learn relaxation techniques, and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

Relationship Challenges

Are you facing conflicts or difficulties in your relationships, whether with family members, romantic partners, or friends? Private counselling can improve communication, resolve conflicts, and foster healthier relationships.


Are you seeking greater self-awareness, personal growth, or clarity about your goals and values? Therapy offers a reflective space to explore your identity, beliefs, and aspirations.

Contact Ariella Boehm

Ariella Boehm is a highly skilled and compassionate psychotherapist in Toronto dedicated to helping individuals navigate life’s challenges, improve mental well-being, and achieve personal growth. With her expertise in various private counselling approaches and a client-centred approach, Ariella provides a safe and supportive environment for clients to explore their concerns, gain insights, and make positive changes.

When considering getting help through therapy and want a psychotherapist who understands your unique needs and goals, Ariella Boehm is here to support you. Do not let misconceptions hold you back from the transformative benefits of therapy. Take the first step towards a happier and healthier life by scheduling a consultation with Ariella today.

Ariella Boehm

I’ve been helping people lead more intentional lives for over 20 years. I began my career as an early childhood teacher. In 2012, I made the decision to channel the empathic skills that are needed to be a connected teacher, into becoming a compassionate psychotherapist.​