Thoughtful Tuesday: Addressing Therapy Myths

With recent events in mind, more people are wondering if therapy is right for them. The answer to that question is simple, therapy can be for anyone. Since there is still a stigma against mental illnesses, seeking out therapy can be scary for some people. That is why I hope to address some misconceptions about going to therapy.

One myth is that we think sometimes that our problems are insignificant, or aren't serious enough to see a therapist. The issue with this thought is that we tend to think of our problems as normal and that there are others that have it much worse from this. While this is true, you still shouldn't have to suffer for it. The important thing to remember is that anyone can benefit from seeing a counselor as long as you do so with an open mind and willingness to improve.

Another myth is that you can fix all of your problems on your own. The biggest turning point for those of us who have looked to self help is the fact that you realize you cannot do everything on your own. More importantly, you are not alone in your journey. Seeing a therapist can help you push your way through tough times and out of old habits.

Another common misconception is that therapists will force you to talk about things that you don't want to talk about. Many people believe that seeing a therapist would end up in retelling painful memories or only focusing on your childhood. The patient-client relationship revolves around trust, pushing boundaries is something a more experienced therapist would do but never when a client is first starting out.

A therapist can open the conversation to new ideas and deepen connections between a client's personal history and current lifestyle. For many people that is scary, but it provides so much benefit to becoming a better version of yourself.

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