It starts here.

Why do people decide to start therapy?

Starting therapy = a pivotal moment for many of us. 

The time finally feels right to take that first step towards change. 

But what leads up to this turning point? 

And how does that impact what we look for? 

  1. Life Transitions

Major life changes often act as a catalyst. Graduating university, changing careers, moving, relationship shifts, new parenthood – these transitional times can bring underlying issues to the surface. When everything seems in flux, therapy can provide stability and guidance.

  1. Critical “Rock Bottom” Moments

Experiencing a crisis or “rock bottom” is linked to seeking help. The loss of a job, breakup, health diagnosis, or other sudden adversity can motivate us to pursue support.

  1. Accumulation of Daily Stresses

The constant drain of daily stresses – work problems, family obligations, financial worries – can gradually push someone towards therapy. After time, the accumulation becomes too heavy to bear alone. 

  1. Self-Awareness Growth

As self-understanding grows, so does readiness for therapy’s self-reflection. Recognising unhealthy patterns or a desire for personal growth can lead people to seek professional support. This growth (and certainly in my case) is often sparked by of the rock bottom times of life. 

  1. External Encouragement

Validation from loved ones can be a turning point. Having others say “I recommend trying therapy” helps reduce the stigma and build motivation.

What’s my reason?

Personally, I’ve sought out therapy in a number of these life moments. 

Each time, with a different outcome or need in mind. 

That in turn led me to seek out different therapists with particular skills, experience or just the right ‘feel’ to them. 

Mostly, it was always important for me to follow my gut instinct. 

While every situation is unique, these examples show common tipping points. 

The message is clear – it’s truly never too soon to start therapy when problems feel beyond your control. 

Support is available. 

And the journey starts from the moment you say: it’s time. 

This is where healing begins.