Therapy can offer a safe place to reflect on problems in your life and develop tools to help you grow. A Therapist is someone who can support you through a crisis, teach you ways to cope with a life stressor, offer education and resources, and much more.
Many people wait until after a crisis to seek out therapy services. Crises can include a death in the family, loss of a job, a traumatic event or accident, or thoughts of suicide or self harm. Therapy during or directly after a crisis can be short term and usually helps an individual stabilize or get back on track.
Lots of people struggle with stressors at various times in their lives. Stressors can include relationship issues, a new baby, moving homes, starting a new job, divorce, injury, etc. Most of the time people cope with these stressors and move on. Sometimes, though, you may find that you are "stuck" in your current state: anxious, not sleeping, depressed, overeating, yelling all the time, etc. Therapy can offer information about the symptoms you are experiencing, insight into how to move forward, a place for reflection and venting, and support during difficult times.
Relationship issues are another common time to seek out therapy. Marital problems, a child acting out, custody battles, and trouble getting through to your teen are all normal and accepted parts of long term relationships. Couples or family therapy can provide a space for each family member to communicate their needs and find connectedness with each other.